Woodward Livestock Auction teaming up with OKC West
By Jerry Nine
(June 5)—Last Friday a tornado ripped through El Reno, Okla., wiping out most of the buildings at OKC West Stockyards. There was also a trailer house where an employee lived that’s now completely gone. The last word I got was the scales might be salvageable and about 40 of the pens perhaps usable. Woodward Livestock Auction is teaming up with OKC West and we will have our sales together until they can resume operations. I am sure they have insurance but there are a lot of other expenses that insurance doesn’t cover. We will have a fundraiser for them this week and if you care to make a donation send it to Woodward Livestock Auction and put El Reno Tornado Fund on the check. This is a simple reminder that in the blink of an eye your life can change forever. This is also a reminder for a lot of us to check our insurance coverage and see what we really have and if it is covered by a tornado. And also a reminder to make sure our employees and our family have a plan of where to take cover. And after this incident I asked my secretary about our backup plan as far as retrieving our cattle sale information in case we would experience the same from our computers.
There are several things they can be thankful for. None of their employees were killed at the facility in this tornado. I was told there were seven workers in the cafe when it hit and they took cover under the stairs. I jokingly thought that sounds like my workers—all in the cafe. Ha! Another thing to be thankful for was that it was not on sale day or right in the middle of the sale. Also we are not right in the middle of our biggest runs, making it harder to help merchandise their customers’ cattle and do it right. All the commission collected on their customers’ cattle will go to OKC West. They say never kick a man if he is down. So I guess we might give them a little kick once they stand back up. We are just happy to help. OKC West is not only our competitor but also our friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this tornado and the many other storms that have made their mark.
We finally got rain west of Woodward and it feels good.
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Okla.
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