Farmers in Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico may need your
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
"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,