Ag Officials: Cattle Operation Losses From Wildfires Exceed $26M
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources estimate that cattle operation losses from April wildfires in Oklahoma exceed $26 million, based on available information.
Estimated cattle industry losses in Oklahoma include:
• $16.4 million for fence replacement and repair;
• $1.4 million for livestock killed or destroyed as a result of the fire plus veterinary costs and reduced value of surviving injured animals;
• $6.3 million for burned facilities and corrals;
• $1.6 million for emergency feed; and
• $660,000 for burned pasture and hay.
Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources estimate the preliminary totals on some 1,600 head of cattle lost and 2,100 miles of fences affected. Officials said the totals do not include any estimates for vehicle and equipment losses or homes or other personal property destroyed in the fires.
According to officials, no significant market effects on livestock prices are expected as a result of the fire impacts.