Group needs help hauling hay to farmers

| 3/16/2007

Farmers in Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico may need your help.

The Fellowship of Christian Farmers is looking for drivers who can haul loads of hay from the Midwest to ranches where feed supplies have been devastated by winter storms.

More than 10,000 cattle have already died as a result of winter storms, and the National Cattleman's and Beef Association estimates that as many as 100,000 more may be at risk.

Charlie Parfrey, an OOIDA member from Spokane, WA, is spearheading the effort to find trucks to haul the loads. Parfrey also helped the group out last year by organizing loads of hay into areas stricken by Hurricane Katrina.

"This winter now, of course, we've got other areas that are having problems getting feed to their cattle," Parfrey told "Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio. "Right now we're looking at about 13 loads out of Indiana, Minnesota and Iowa to go to Oklahoma and Colorado."

Parfrey said those are permit loads, but the permits are paid for by the fellowship. Drivers can expect to be paid for the loads themselves, at about $1.25 to $1.30 a mile.

Anyone who wants to help can contact Parfrey Trucking in Spokane at 1-800-533-9517 and ask for Heather.

Or, you can call the Fellowship of Christian Farmers directly at (309) 365-8710.

- By Terry Scruton, staff writer