Farm Rescue cattle feeding

Farm Rescue offers help to farming families needing short term help to get work done on the farm, and for the second year, that includes feeding livestock.

Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting, haying and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, is once again accepting applications for livestock feeding assistance.

The program, now in its second year, provides volunteers and equipment to support livestock feeding when a rancher is unable to perform the work, due to a crisis. Equipment has been provided by Haybuster (a division of DuraTech Industries) of Jamestown, North Dakota. Volunteers may also operate rancher-owned equipment, if needed.

Farm Rescue has steadily increased its capacity to help more producers each year, including a growing number of ranch families. The nonprofit added haying assistance services in 2012 and recently completed "Operation Hay Lift", in which hundreds of loads of hay were delivered to ranchers affected by severe drought. The livestock feeding assistance program provides a short-term means of sustaining cattle herds when ranchers are unable to perform the work themselves.

"We are proud to continue offering this service to area ranchers," said Bill Gross, founder and president of Farm Rescue. "We recognize the challenges that hard-working ranchers face on an ongoing basis. Livestock still needs to be fed when crisis strikes unexpectedly, and it's our goal to provide timely livestock feeding assistance when a ranch family is in the recovery phase of a major injury, illness or natural disaster."

The North Dakota-based nonprofit provides support in six states throughout the Midwest - North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa - and offers livestock feeding assistance throughout its entire service area. It has helped nearly 600 families since it started in 2006.

As with all Farm Rescue services, livestock feeding assistance is provided through the work of volunteers. The organization is seeking additional volunteers for this ranch-focused program. Anyone interested in joining the Farm Rescuer family of volunteers to help ranchers should submit a volunteer form at www.farmrescue.org.