CARSON COUNTY - It's a multi-billion dollar industry and it was hit hard this week.
Wildfires is no strangers to the High Plains.
But for the past few days, the livelihoods of many in our area literally went up in flames.
But per the usual, the people of the High Plains are there to lend a helping hand.
It's the heartbeat of the Panhandle.
But this week it took a heavy blow.
With hit after hit after hit it crippled the livelihood of many in our area.
"We're just heartbroken for people who have lost lives, who have lost cattle, structures. There's some people who have lost everything in these fires. Our hearts go out to them and we just want to do anything we can do to help," said Karri Wieners, High Plains Hay Producers.
And they are.
Wieners and her husband are part of High Plains Hay Producers.
It's a local family farming company based in Groom.
And they're helping livestock producers to feed their herds.
They're looking for anyone with hay trucks who want to donate their time and fuel to haul hay to three staging areas.
Glazer, just North East of Canadian, Wheeler and Ashland, Kansas.
"My wife and I we were taking, we just have a lot of friends over there in the Eastern Panhandle where it burnt. And we were kind of were thinking how can we start to stage some hay that way. I've got three friends who are over that way so I just called them and said here's what we got," said Jesse Wieners, High Plains Hay Producers.
All the hay has either been donated by others or grown by the local company.
Bringing the total amount of freely given hay to a whopping $50,000.
But the Wieners aren't worried about the financial loss for their company.
They say their income is coming from another source.
"God has always provided for us and we know he will continue to and so we have this opportunity to give and we just know he's going to take care of us," said Wieners.
When all their hay is gone, the Wieners are going to need more.
That's because they say one bale of hay could feed 30 to 40 cows.
But with the grass being burnt, hay becomes more vital for livestock because they go through it faster.
The company will be loading trucks North of Groom for those interested in helping.
When they posted their request for help on Facebook, close to a dozen people responded saying they would help.
Call Or Text Jesse Wieners at 806.626.2176 for loading and unloading areas.
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