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Heartstrong Fire 3

Fire recovery meeting is Monday



Written by Tony Rayl     Yuma Pioneer  

Thursday, 22 March 2012

There will be an informational meeting covering a number of issues related to the fire recovery of our agricultural lands and livestock health Monday, March 26 at the Eckley Community Center at 8 a.m.


The meeting will include presentations from CSU Extension on rangeland recovery and extended health issues for livestock, including symptoms to be aware of that could develop even two weeks after the fire, in animals that were exposed to the smoke. NRCS will present on CRP & CREP lands and EQIP Contracts as well as windbreak issues. Yuma County Pest Control District will be presenting on potential weed infestation issues. The District Wildlife Manager, Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Yuma Conservation District and other organizations will also be present to answer questions.


Ranchers are encouraged to check surviving cows and calves for signs of exposure to flames, heat and smoke. There could be cows with potentially scorched udders. Cows that suffered scorched udders from burns or excess heat may develop mastitis and will probably will not allow calves to nurse.

Analyze cattle for secondary problems that lead to infections and further problems, such as burned eyes, feet, udders, sheaths and testicles, as well as smoke inhalation with lung inflammation and edema.

It may take 10 days to two weeks for the damage to start showing on feet. The cattle will start sloughing the hoof wall and become crippled.

Damage also can be done by livestock inhaling smoke. Even cattle not near the flames or heat could suffer some damage.

In addition, the lining of the eyelids and eyeballs can be irritated and lead to secondary infections, which can be fatal.

By all means, please consult with a veterinarian.