The Idaho Cattle Association drive to help Clark County ranchers hit with high losses during last winter's blizzard has netted $125,000 in donations.
Association President Tom Shaw said the industry effort showed agriculture does not need a government bailout every time it suffers adversity."When fellow Idahoans suffered a disaster, we didn't turn to government," Shaw said. "We turned to each other, and made it work."
The five-day blizzard last February killed some 1,500 head of cattle and hundreds of sheep. The Idaho Wool Growers Association is launching a drive similar to the cattlemen's to help ease the sheep losses.
The cattle drive netted about 170 head of breeding stock valued at $85,000, $22,000 in cash donations and thousands of dollars in donated services or goods.