Evacuee cows find refuge in Demopolis

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 6, 2005

DEMOPOLIS-In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Demopolis and other communities across the nation reached out to displaced residents of Louisiana and Mississippi. One local man has gone beyond the usual call of duty by offering his time, energy and facilities to South Louisiana cows.

Through connections with clients and friends in Louisiana, Richy Naisbett, a Demopolis cattle farmer, has played a major role in evacuating displaced cows from many of the little known, devastated areas south of New Orleans.

Demopolis is just one location where cows are being relocated. Naisbett said the cows arrive stressed, malnourished, dehydrated and in need of vaccines and antibiotics.

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Naisbett’s facilities are equipped for preconditioning cattle, so his farm is a great place for the displaced cows to recover.

He is also working to return the cows to their rightful owners. Naisbett said the hurricane’s destruction to fences and boundaries caused thousands of cows to be mixed between owners.