2017 wildfires show why ranchers are the best people on earth

In early spring of 2017, wildfires races across south-central Kansas, the Oklahoma Panhandle, the Texas Panhandle and Northeast Colorado, taking the lives of brave people, many cattle and scorching nearly 2 million acres of productive ranchland. How are the affected ranchers responding in the aftermath?

Natural disasters are simply a part of ranching. But sometimes, those natural disasters become so overwhelming that even the most resourceful and independent ranchers need help. Such was the case in the spring of 2017, when wildfires races across south-central Kansas, the Oklahoma Panhandle, the Texas Panhandle and Northeast Colorado, taking the lives of brave people, many cattle and scorching nearly 2 million acres of productive ranchland.

This edition of the Beef Roundtable looks at how affected ranchers began to rebuild their herds, their ranches and their lives in the aftermath of one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit cattle country. Guests on this edition of Beef Roundtable are Dr. Randall Spare, president of Ashland Veterinary Center in Ashland, Kansas and Matt Perrier with Dalebanks Angus of Eureka, Kansas.

Spare focuses on bovine care, especially cow-calf production. Ashland was ground zero for the wildfires in Kansas and Oklahoma and Randall and his staff did truly heroic work during and after the fires.

The Perrier family were among the many who helped lend a hand to fire victims. Matt spent several days on the ground during the wildfires helping burned-out ranchers, and worked with the Kansas Livestock Foundation to raise awareness for the need for donations of supplies and money.

The Beef Roundtable is a joint project with BEEF and Purdue University. It’s a monthly video podcast that features some of the top leaders in the beef industry co-hosted by Ron Lemenager, Extension beef specialist at Purdue University and BEEF Senior Editor Burt Rutherford.

In addition to being available on beefmagazine.com, the sessions can be viewed at www.beefroundtable.com, on the Beef Roundtable YouTube channel and iTunes.

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