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Working Ranch - March 2016

AFTER GOLIATH BY SARALYN HARDER EDITOR: I invited Saralyn to submit this after I was alerted to her page, which we immediately posted to our WR Facebook page. It was named Goliath and it indeed lived up to its name. It has been dubbed as the deadliest storm system of the year for the United States. From tornadoes to flooding to an epic blizzard, this storm that crippled much of the nation will not soon be forgotten. For Texas and New Mexico, the storm brought blizzard conditions for over two days; Dec. 26-28, 2015. Huge snow drifts in eastern New Mexico and western Texas reached as high as 10’ due to the blustery winds with gusts of 40 – 80 mph. Snowfall amounts were high. Friona, TX reported up to 20”. With the combined snowfall amounts and huge drifts, this covered fences and gave thousands of head of cattle plenty of wide-open spaces in which to roam. Cattle were misplaced all over the Southern Plains region of the two states. 18 | WORKING RANCH | MARCH 2016 These photos, by Amarillo photographer Shaie Williams were taken in what was probably the hardest hit area in the Texas panhandle, between Dimmitt and Bovina, then between Friona and Lazbuddie. As we all know, Facebook is now a major player in our lives, like it or not. It can be a very useful tool when needed, though. I began seeing posts of photos of ear tags, drawings of brands, photos of animals and handwritten lists of cattle missing by ranchers who were trying to find their lost livestock. These people needed a central social media place where they could all share this information and hopefully find their cattle. Thus, the Facebook page named Lost/Found Cattle in TX, NM, OK was born. Less than an hour after publishing the page, posts were appearing. It’s amazing how people come together to help each other when bad times and bad situations arise. Some have found their cattle after posting, and others are still looking. At least they have a place where they can put their information in an effort to retrieve what’s theirs. This page will help good to prevail in the end. SHAIE WILLIAMS SHAIE WILLIAMS


Working Ranch - March 2016
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