Wednesdays are sale days at OKC West Livestock Market but, Wednesday, March 15 was different.
Typically, animals aren't auctioned off more than once at a livestock market. However, this day an individual heifer, donated by OKC West Livestock Market, was auctioned 105 times.
The heifer was initially sold for $5,000.00, then donated back and auctioned again and again and again for a grand total of $115,449.50.
"The proceeds from the sale will go to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation Fire Relief Fund to help ranchers who have been affected by the recent, devastating wildfires," said Bill Barnhart, President of OKC West. "After experiencing our own disaster with the May 31, 2013 tornado, people rallied around us with tremendous support.
"Many were friends of our market but most were just good neighbors helping those in need. Several were from northwest Oklahoma. It is in this spirit we wish to help those cattlemen in their time of need."
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF), a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. The relief fund was established to help ranchers who have been affected by the recent wildfires in northwest Oklahoma.
Some of the top buyers include: McDonalds Operators of New Mexico, CoBank, Oklahoma Beef Consultants, OKC West, LLC, OKC West, Inc, McDonalds of Oklahoma, F&M Bank, Oklahoma AgCredit, Superior Livestock, Sonny Barthold Cattle Co., Fred & Karen Hall, Southwest Cattle Dispatch, Gary Deal, National Livestock Credit Corp, David Dodd and Barton Wherritt.
"A special thank you goes to OKC West for hosting the auction and donating the heifer. ," said Jeff Jaronek, Coordinator of the OFC. "We will coordinate with the Extension offices in each county to organize relief efforts in the area and to identify ranchers that are in need."
For more information, or to donate to this relief effort, persons my send a check in the mail or make a donation online. Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation and put "Fire Relief" in the memo line and send to P.O. Box 82395., Oklahoma City, OK 73148. To donate online, visit www.okcattlemen.org.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation was founded in 1979 and is funded by personal contributions. For more information about OCA membership or activities visit www.okcattlemen.org.