Emergency Animal Feed Program established in Utah after wildfires

Public can make donations to the fund that will help livestock owners affected by recent wildfires purchase animal feed, other supplies

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has activated an Emergency Animal Feed Program in response to numerous requests received for assistance from livestock owners affected by the recent wildfires. 

In partnership with the Utah Emergency Animal Response Coalition, the department established the “Feed the Animals” account at Wells Fargo Bank to serve as a place where the public can make cash donations to be used for the purchasing of animal feed and other livestock needs. Donations will be accepted and livestock owners can request assistance online as well. 

“An estimated 20,000 head of sheep and cattle have had their seasonal rangelands destroyed by fire in the past week,” said Utah commissioner of agriculture and food, Leonard Blackham. “The Feed the Animals Fund will help ranchers meet their short- and long-term food needs.”

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is also meeting with various federal, state and local land management leaders to coordinate the replanting of fire-resistant grasses in the impacted areas.