“It burned about 200 acres of Bermuda. Of course, this was dry grass, but we were able to protein supplement and get by with that dry grass, and of course now we’re having to hay because of it.”
John Malazzo also lost 280 round hay bales in the fire. If you can find replacement hay it ranges from $60 to $70 per bale.
In normal years, hay sells from $25 to $40 per bale.
“Way most people don’t realize when a fire goes through your place, not only do you lose your grass, but you lose your fence posts, and I know fencing right now runs about $9,000 per mile.”
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a rain that produced any run-off to speak of.
“Not only do you lose your fences, but most of our stock tanks are dry, our creeks are dry, so the cattle are drinking out of water troughs, and we recently had a meter loop burn up from a grass fire. Well, we were out of water for the cattle.”
And once high winds start fueling a grass fire, it burns everything in its path.
“We even had the cross ties underneath our cattle guard burned up, so there’s all kind of things that you don’t think about.”
So be careful out there. A spark in the wrong place can produce some devastating consequences.