Cattlemen throughout the Northwest Oklahoma and northeast Texas Panhandle have started their own relief efforts for victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster along the Gulf Coast.

“We are asking area cattlemen and producers on Friday, Sept. 16 to donate a steer or a percentage off of the money they make that day at the sale to go toward the hurricane victims fund we have set up here at the livestock auction,” said Jerry Nine, owner of the Woodward Livestock Auction.

“We are setting a goal around the area of $1 million to send to victims. The cattle market has been good so far this year and we are asking area producers to donate some of that good fortune back to someone who has been affected by the disaster along the Gulf Coast,” Nine said.

Woodward is not the only auctions lending a helping hand. The Amarillo, Texas, Clovis, N.M., and Texhoma Livestock Auctions will also be asking area producers to give what they can. That can mean one animal, a gross percentage or percentage per head can be given back to donate to victims of Katrina.

“We will be donating what we make to the local Red Cross and these funds will not only go to cattle producers in the Gulf area that have lost so much but to everyone who needs help. We felt that the good people down there would have a better idea of what they needed than us trying to figure out what they needed,” Nine said.

Nine added, “We want to encourage all cattle producers in the area to help us out. We will be stopping the sale at noon on Friday the 16th and will sell all cattle donated at that time. We will acknowledge everyone who has donated any cattle when we sell them as well.”

For more information contact Jerry Nine at 580-334-7466.

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