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KIEL - Greendale Dairy in Kiel loaded alfalfa hay bales to go to Kansas ranchers affected by wildfires. The Kansas Farm Bureau reported the fires have destroyed more than 650,000 acres in 21 counties.

More than 30 bales of hay were loaded by Greendale Dairy owners Nic Schoenberger and Mike Schuler with the help of Paul Litz of Paul Litz Trucking, LLC.

Litz will drive the hay more than 1,000 miles to deliver the hay to Bouzidan Ranch in Ashland, Kansas. The 26,000-acre farm grazed over 300 cow/calf pairs (600 head of cattle) before the fires claimed nearly everything they had.

Schoenberger said after talking to Bouzidan’s Kit Walker he learned almost everything on their ranch was gone in just a matter of 30 minutes, including the ranch house, equipment and most of their cow/calf pairs. The alfalfa will help feed some of their stocker cattle to help them pasture.

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Greendale Dairy owners Nic Schoenberger and Mike Schuler donated hay to Kansas farmers affected by wildfires. Paul Litz offered to drive the load and Jim Loefer of C.P. Feeds in Valders is covering transportation costs. Greendale is in Kiel. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Schoenberger reached out to his friends for help. His neighbor Litz offered to drive the load down and Jim Loefer, general manager of C.P. Feeds in Valders, offered to cover the cost for the transportation of nearly $3,000 of hay.

Greendale Dairy gets their heifers from Allen, Kansas, just three hours north of the affected areas.

“Since we’re raising our heifers out of state, they become our neighbors, instead of somebody just next door,” Schoenberger said. “So, it becomes important that we take care of each other because that goes back and forth.”

How to help

People interested in helping can find more information at https://www.kfb.org/Article/Kansas-wildfire-relief.

Checks can be mailed to Kansas Livestock Foundation at 6031 SW 37th St., Topeka, KS 66614. “Fire relief fund” should be written in the memo line.

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