Farmers plan how to mooove cows in case of flood


LINDA MUMMA EXPLAINS.>>WE ARE EXTREMELY CONCERNED NOT KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT THE FLOOD ZONES OR FLOOD PLAINS ARE. LIND ROGELIA HERRERA IS ONE OF DOZENS OF DAIRYMAN ALONG THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING TO EVACUATE THEIR LIVESTOCK SHOULD THE RIVER CONTINUE TO RISE.>>WE MILK ABOUT 1200 COWS, JERSEYS, AND IT WOULD BE A BIG, BIG INCONVENIENCE FOR US OR ANY DAIRYMAN TO MOVE THOSE ANIMALS. LINDA: AN INCONVENIENCE THE WESTERN DAIRYMAN ASSOCIATION SAYS IS NO EASY TASK.>>IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO MOVE A LARGE HERD OF LACTATING ANIMALS THAT NEED TO BE MILKED TWICE A DAY. LINDA: CEO ANJA RAUDABAUGH SAYS THE PROCESS CAN TAKE HOURS AND THE ANIMALS MUST GO TO A FACILITY WHERE THE COWS CAN CONTINUE TO PRODUCE MILK. WHICH IS WHY SHE ORGANIZED THIS MEETING IN CROWS LANDING.>>IN AN AREA THAT HASN’T SEEN A FLOOD RISK IN MANY, MANY YEARS THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE FOUND PEOPLE WEREN’T EVEN THINKING ABOUT A FEW DAYS AGO, SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT IT, ON ALERT AND THEY KNEW WHERE TO GO IF THEY STARTED TO HAVE SOME FEARS. LINDA: THE ASSOCIATION IS PARTNERING UP WITH THE AG COMMISSIONER AND STANISLAUS ANIMAL SERVICES TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THEM.>>IF WE NEED TO EVACUATE PEOPLE WE ARE HERE TO PERFORM THAT SERVICE. WE HAVE SHELTERS SET UP AT MODESTO LIVESTOCK AUCTION HAS VOLUNTEERED THEIR PROPERTY IF WE WANT TO PUT ANY TYPE OF LIVESTOCK ANIMALS THERE. LINDA: AND HANDED OUT A LIST OF NUMBERS FOR DAIRYMAN TO CALL IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.>>WE’RE PRETTY ASSURED THAT THE LEVEES WILL HOLD AND WE’RE GOING TO BE PATROLLING THE LEVEES EVERY TWO HOURS, EACH DAIRYMAN IS TAKING A SHIFT. LIKE I SAID, IT’S A CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY. THE DAIRYMEN ARE ALL CHIPPING IN

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