Emergency Communications Center To Collect Livestock Data at Fair

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- While many people are thinking about the concerts and funnel cakes at the upcoming fair, county leaders are hoping the event can help them keep you safe during farm emergencies.

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center wants to know about your cows. That's because calls about livestock on Valley roads are not uncommon. The HRECC receives nearly 200 calls every year. That's why they'll be at the fair next week getting data from farmers about their livestock.

HRECC leaders said that instead of being reactive, they will proactively add farmer and livestock information to their database. This will make it easier to track down the owner when livestock get loose.

"Out and about they can certainly cause significant damage and significant injury," said HRECC Director Jim Junkins. "We've had situations where we've had several cattle out and they've destroyed several vehicles."

Junkins asks farmers to approach HRECC members during the fair and register into the database.