Livestock producers affected by weather urged to keep good records

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GREELEY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is reaching out to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West to keep thorough records. 

This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff.    

In addition to western drought and the early-winter snowstorms, there are a variety of disasters from floods to storms to unexpected freezes.  

Each event causes economic consequences for farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. 

FSA recommends that owners and producers record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:  

• Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses;

• Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts;

• Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures;

• Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed;

• Crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records;

• Pictures of on-farm storage facilities that were destroyed by wind or flood waters; and

• Evidence of damaged farm land.