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Farmers prepare for Hurricane Laura

Cattle being moved to higher ground
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Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 20:38:01-04

Farmers are preparing for Hurricane Laura by moving livestock away from any potential danger Hurricane Laura may bring.

The owner of Brookshire Farm in Abbeville says relocating your animal is the number one priority.

“In large rain events and hurricanes, we make sure that animals are in the highest pastures that we have. Ones that never hold any water or some that only hold water for an hour or two" said Farm owner Bob Blanchet.

Luckily, for Bob Blanchet, Brookshire is located near highway 14 where flooding doesn't impact his landfall as heavily as other farmers who are just south of them.

“I have friends and some family that have animals down that way and they always trailer them out to higher ground. Here we are higher ground.”

While owners decide the best spot to wait out the bad weather, it's important to avoid certain areas.

“You don’t want to put them in any kind of shelter or any kind of structure because winds can blow that down and debris can hurt the animals.”

Blanchet says the farming industry deals with adversity all the time but they don't panic and look for help within their community when needed.

“It’s almost like a family and the farmers help each other. You just have to do what you can do to get prepared and then just hope for the best.”