DAIRY FARMERS ISSUE PLEA FOR GENERATORS FOLLOWING HURRICANE KATRINA
About 300 dairies in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are without power and water and are in need of generators following Hurricane Katrina, according to a national dairy organization.
"There is great need for generators that can be loaned out or donated to farmers in these hard-hit areas," said Perry Mobley, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation Dairy Division. "These farms are in need of 50-to-60-kilowatts and larger generators. They can be single phase or three-phase generators, and they may be self contained or PTO driven."
Mobley said dairy cows must be milked at least twice a day and the milk also must be cooled to prevent spoilage.
"Milk is a very perishable commodity, and if the cows can't be milked on a regular schedule it creates health problems for them when their bags become engorged," he said. "We are encouraging anyone who can lend assistance to these farmers in need to please contact the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) immediately."
DFA is coordinating the effort to get generators to these farms and communities. Anyone who has generators to donate or loan or who would like to assist with this effort, please contact Mickey Childers, a member of the Federation's State Dairy Committee and DFA, at (256) 778-8886 or (256) 656-2424.