Death losses staggering as South Dakota ranchers dig out from under record snow

Author: Amy Volk | Posted: 10/9/2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (DTN) -- As they dig out the bodies of their dead livestock, shocked South Dakota ranchers are being told losses could be in the tens of thousands. Jodie Anderson, executive director of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, said what hit western South Dakota was a "perfect storm" that started with heavy rain, followed by a wet, heavy snow and then winds of 60 to 70 miles per hour. Some drifts, she reports, were 7 and 8 feet tall.

Association members were reporting losses to her of anywhere from 200 head to 1,000 head. The Civil Air Patrol was flying over the hardest-hit areas, trying to get a better idea of numbers of animals killed in the storm.

Source: DTN Progressive Farmer