Monday, September 22, 2008

Ranchers Receive Help

Lee goes from slugger to rancher to helping hand

Cattle are herded on the Bolivar Peninsula. The ranchers were trying to get the cows to fresh water this week.

As the ranching industry in Jefferson and Chambers counties deals with the devastation left by Hurricane Ike, Astros left fielder Carlos Lee has stepped up to donate hay and lend his name to shine a light on the struggles being faced by fellow cattlemen.

In Jefferson and Chambers counties, there are at least 20,000 cattle in need of hay, feed and water; they also need to be moved, so the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is working with the Texas Department of Agriculture on farm relief.

Lee, who has ranches in Boling and his native Panama, is donating hay and planning fundraisers for the affected cattlemen in Chambers and Jefferson counties. Read More

Carlos Lee, of the Houston Astros, knows about ranching and when he heard of the feed shortage in Texas due to Hurricane Ike, he stepped in to help. Ranchers in the affected areas are just starting to get a handle on how bad the damage really is. Before they can start worrying about rebuilding though, they have to get all of the cattle found and try to get them to feed and fresh water.

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