4,000 feeder cattle killed in Memorial Day weekend flooding
Texas officials have confirmed 4,000 head of cattle were killed at a feedyard in Hereford after 100-year floods hit the Panhandle of Texas Memorial Day weekend. Between 8 and 11 inches of rain fell in an area that only receives between 15 and 25 inches of rain annually.
The Texas Cattle Feeders’ Association and the Circle Three Feed Yard worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to ensure the livestock and debris were disposed of according to state guidelines. TCFA is working with Circle Three to provide additional care for the remaining cattle.
Hereford is known as the Beef Capital of the World and feeds more than 1 million head of cattle per year, but the area is also home to dairy cattle that produce over 1 billion pounds of milk annually.