Hello, I live in Oklahoma and I have been in the drought disaster zone since July of 2022. This is important for you to know because I have a ranch with cattle, horses, donkeys, goats and chickens. I work a full-time job and care for my livestock. The drought has been devastating, there is no grass, just bare ground, there is no hay and the ponds dried up. I have done my best to provide for my livestock, but it is no easy task, the hay (when you can find it) is four times the cost of hay in a normal season and you have to pay shipping to get it to your livestock due to the fact that no one in the area has hay to spare. The shipping is $5 to $6 per mile plus the cost of the hay.
The grain feed is very expensive, and my water bill was way over the top before we got a few rains to put some water in the ponds, before that the cattle were getting bogged down in the mud trying to get water and had to be pulled out. The strain on those cattle is so bad that some of them died. I had tanks filled with water in the pastures, but some still try to go to the pond.
I have completely exhausted all my financial resources to care for my livestock, but I still have a long way to go through the winter. I have no money, no one will loan me money, my credit score is so bad due to all the small loans and any money I could get my hands on, I can’t even get a loan to consolidate all the credit cards and small loans that have high interest rates.
I honestly don’t know how I’m supposed to make it through this drought disaster without help. I don’t have money for my utility bills or anything else.
Please help me care for my 100 cows, calves and other animals. I need a lot of help with hay and feed. A load of hay cost $5,000.00 for 38 bales and I need 800 bales of hay or more if I can get it. I have a feed buggy for bulk feed which costs less than sack feed but is still expensive and keeps going up. It costs $800.00 to fill the feed buggy and I fill it every 5 days. The horse feed costs $500.00 per week. I have tried to post pictures, but it says the files are all to big, Please I ask you help, if you are able help me, PLEASE!