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·         B.C. ranchers feel cornered by wildfires putting cattle, land at risk

Ranchers in regions west of Kamloops have been trying to get their animals to safety as wildfires sprea

Many ranch operators, owners fear grass and food for cattle, other animals will be destroyed by fires

 

·         ‘Time is ticking’ on drought response for beef cattle sector

'We need answers like yesterday'

 

 

 

B.C. ranchers feel cornered by wildfires putting cattle, land at risk

 

o   Ranchers in regions west of Kamloops have been trying to get their animals to safety as wildfires spread

o   Many ranch operators, owners fear grass and food for cattle, other animals will be destroyed by fires

o   'People don't realize how extremely volatile it is out there,' says B.C. Cattlemen's Association

 

by Crystal Laderas, CityNews 1130 (Canada)

Jul 21, 2021

 

VANCOUVER (CityNews) – Rushing to herd cattle away from scorched land, ranchers in B.C. say they feel cornered by wildfires coming from all sides.

 

Many are putting out a desperate call for help, fearing their animals and livelihoods are at risk.

 

“This is like 2017 on steroids,” said Kevin Boon, general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association.

 

Ranchers in regions west of Kamloops have been trying to get their animals to safety, riding through burned-out trees and grass, which was supposed to feed cattle in the months to come.

 

Robert Haywood-Farmer, who owns and manages a cattle ranch, says it’s the worst wildfire situation he’s ever seen. He helped move hundreds of cattle near the Sabiston Lake area, west of Kamloops, because of one fire.

 

A separate blaze damaged vast amounts of land.

 

“I don’t know what other infrastructure has been damaged because you can’t get right into the fires. I know there’s a lot of damage to fencing and that’s really important to us because it keeps our cattle separate from our neighbours’ cattle,” Haywood-Farmer said...

 

more

https://www.citynews1130.com/2021/07/21/bc-ranchers-wildfires-cattle/

 

 

‘Time is ticking’ on drought response for beef cattle sector

'We need answers like yesterday'

 

By Lisa Guenther, GFM Network News, Field Editor

via Grainews (Canada) - July 20, 2021

 

As Canada’s beef farmers and ranchers face drought, industry leaders are trying to find ways to secure feed and help those forced to sell rebuild their herds.

 

B.C. ranchers are dealing with high temperatures that have “parched the grass that was there,” Kevin Boone, general manager of B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, said during a Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) online town hall on Monday.

 

On top of the drought slashing hay supplies, wildfires are burning prime grasslands, leaving ranchers with little summer or winter feed. B.C.’s southern Interior has been hit the hardest, with no significant moisture in the region since late March or early April.

 

Drought has a hard grip on the Prairie provinces, too. Arnold Balicki, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association chair and long-time rancher, says it’s the worst drought he’s seen.

 

“In Saskatchewan, you can go down five inches, and there’s not a drop of moisture.”

 

Manitoba also has a widespread moisture deficit, says Tyler Fulton, Manitoba Beef Producers’ president...

 

Requests are urgent ... 

 

more, including links 

https://www.grainews.ca/daily/time-is-ticking-on-drought-response-for-beef-cattle-sector/