Texas wildfire cattle loss reaches 7,000

The body of a cow, killed by the recent wildfires, is moved to a trailer by Chuck Morgan near Canadian, Texas, U.S., March 1, 2024. / Credit: Leah Millis / REUTERS


Texas state ag leaders now believe more than 7,000 head of cattle died in the still-out-of-control wildfires in the Texas Panhandle.

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller believes thousands more will be added to the death toll by the time the fires are finally extinguished. The number does not include those injured and burned livestock that will have to be euthanized. So the number might reach 10,000.

“Their hooves are burned off, their utters are burnt beyond – they can’t nurse their babies,” he said. “We’ll actually end up having to put a lot of cattle down just because they won’t be able to make it, even though they survived.”

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