Panhandle group works up disaster plans

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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Planners in a Texas region where cattle are fattened and pigs and milk are produced have completed most of the work needed to help area livestock businesses reduce and survive consequences of natural or man-made disasters.

The Amarillo Globe-News (http://bit.ly/1sp1YIs ) reports that an important theme during the Texas Panhandle planning process was the threat of diseases — such as hoof-and-mouth disease — arriving through natural means or possibly by terrorism.

The newspaper says the effort lasted 18 months and cost $1.4 million and involved business leaders, county judges and other emergency management offices like sheriffs' departments.

The planning can function as a template for multiple livestock industries.

Texas Cattle Feeders Association president Ross Wilson said the planning helps cattle feeders in natural disasters and in response to foreign animal disease.

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Information from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com

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