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 Tars Cheema
If dealing with ongoing Covid and import effects weren’t enough...the droughts and wildfires tested everyone. But no one foresaw the catastrophic events triggered by the start of the atmospheric river on November 14 in south coastal BC. It was an incomprehensible week of challenges and stress like people rarely encounter in their lives.
But what came from it was also incredible – the galvanized efforts of hundreds of producers, staff, friends, volunteers of all kinds - that literally came to the rescue! The circumstances were frightening and disturbing – and very dangerous – but the ‘failure is not an option’ attitude that compelled these brave/stubborn/caring people to keep going, hour after hour and day after day – even as passable roads were dwindling and evacuation orders were enforced, showed a resolve that captured the attention of the country and beyond.
Strong roots and dirty boots, all for the herd. - Chris Solberg
So many farmers/haulers/custom operators came to the rescue with their convoy of trucks/trailers to move cattle; farms opened their barns to take in rescued animals and feed/milk them; agribusiness staff helped in multiple ways including bringing water to farms with thirsty cows or supplying water pumps; bulk milk haulers braved dodgy roads and deep water to get milk from farms and deliver it to the processing plant; people with boats and Sea-Doos helped get cows through deep water and calves out, when trucks could not reach them; feed companies went above and beyond to get grain to farms as soon as roads were passable; dairy tradespeople/ technicians came to bring motors, pumps and milking systems back to life; vets continued to provide care to animals under extreme stress; people came with food/hot drinks/dry clothes; volunteers came in droves when the call came to help dry and warm up calves or clean up a barn that was ready; staff of the milk board and dairy association did all they could to help coordinate/track/support the logistics and get milk picked up and delivered to the plants; others initiated fundraising efforts....and so many more incredible acts of caring that will only be known to a small circle.
Thank you to everyone who played a part in helping our farming family get through the flooding emergency.
Our dairy community suffered greatly – but the outpouring of support during the most intensely stressful days has been overwhelming. Words can’t express the profound gratitude and admiration we all have for the people who did the unimaginable. ‘Resilient’ may be an over-used word, but it applies here – so does resourceful! Farmers and their supporters could not freeze in fear – there was only one thing to do – save the animals! The world was watching...and praying...hoping that all would be okay.
Never tell a farmer he can’t. Brave, stubborn, determined, committed, caring. These are our people. The coming weeks and months will still need much effort to deal with the aftermath – long after the cameras and reporters have moved on. The farming family will keep on keeping on like they always do – and we hope that we can all continue caring for those worst affected. No one wants to keep asking for help – but it’s
a long road to recovery for some.
Please reach out to one of us if you would like to share a heartwarming example of heroic effort that we can share next time.
[email protected] 250-216-7417
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or BC Ag Council (
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   Donations can be made to the BC Dairy Flood Recovery Fund (
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