Horse Owners And Cattle Farmers Start Rebuilding Process

Mar 7, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Horse owners and cattle farmers are busy rebuilding barns and fences after the wave of storms that tore through the Bluegrass last Friday. Several organizations are coordinating to help.    

The Kentucky Horse Council, a group used to extending disaster aid to neighboring states, has turned its focus toward its home state over the last six days, assessing the impact of the tornadoes and securing help for affected farms. 

"Because this is home, it's hit a lot harder," says Dawn Miller with the KHC. She says requests generally come in two forms.

"A lot of the need is for temporary fencing because obviously the tornadoes destroyed homes, farms, and a lot of the fences keeping animals in. And the other need is for hay and feed for the horses," she says.

The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation is also working to address similar needs in their industry, collecting donations online at kycattle.org. Donations to the U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund can be made at kentuckyhorse.org/disaster-relief.