South Dakota – Up to 100,000 cattle dead from massive blizzard

“Just lying dead… it’s just dead cow after dead cow… They’re dead everywhere.”
This should be making headlines around the world.

Many ranchers lost over half their herds when the storm dumped up to four feet of snow in the Black Hills.

Confirmed deaths have reached 20,000, but officials expect the numbers to top 100,000 by the end of the week.

Rancher Heath Ferguson said the storm killed 96 percent of his herd of 100 black Angus and Limousin cattle, a hit worth about $250,000. He said total losses topped more than 1,000 head, as six other herds were roaming the family’s 16,000 acres east of Sturgis.

Ferguson said the vast majority of ranchers don’t have insurance covering storm-related damage.

Froze to death while being buried under several feet of snow

As reported by Fox News, the dead cattle are everywhere. Ranch owner Matt Kammerer describes the heartbreaking scene:

“There are cattle that are 8 or 9 miles away from the pasture… just lying dead… it’s just dead cow after dead cow… They’re dead everywhere.”

Kammerer said local waterways are clogged with carcasses, bringing the possibility of disease and contamination. The cleanup has begun, However, it is not an easy task. The carcasses cannot be moved by hand, and machinery is in high demand.

Meanwhile, the Stockgrowers Association, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association, are accepting donations for the struggling ranchers.

Thanks to Thomas McHart for this link

11 thoughts on “South Dakota – Up to 100,000 cattle dead from massive blizzard”

  1. That figure includes the whole region that was affected, essentially down to parts of Nebraska, according to one of their state senators, who put the ongoing estimate at 60 to 100,000.
    “Some cows managed to survive the storm by eating pine needles because grass was covered,” the state senator said in his statement, which was posted on the Rapid City Journal site. “This will cause them to abort the calves they are carrying in the next few weeks. This is absolutely, totally devastating,” said rancher Steve Schell to the Rapid City Journal. “This is horrendous.” How many of those animals died on the Pine Ridge Reservation itself has yet to be tallied. With layoffs occurring throughout the tribe in the wake of the U.S government shutdown, and massive power outages caused by the storm, resources have been slim. And ranchers are still searching for cattle that were driven miles away by the high winds. “The government shutdowns have been hard on us,” said Ben Good Buffalo, Lakota, of Red Shirt, South Dakota.

  2. I read this and look at the pictures…and just imagine the scenarios you describe in “Not By Fire But By Ice”. Horrific!

  3. I saw CBS blaming this disaster on “global warming” and then blaming Republicans for not having “A Farm Bill” that would have taxpayers pay for all their losses. Socialism wants to save everyone from everything except for having to pay for everything they want to spend our money on.

  4. well the cattle won’t be farting now and accentuating global warming caused by the 0.05% of anthropogenic CO2 produced in Scotland by electricity production. We are building lots and lots of useless windturbines to impress the Chinese, you know.

  5. I remember in the early 60’s storms going through like this. Ranchers were flying food to the cattle using helicopters.

  6. As reported by Fox News, the dead cattle are everywhere. Ranch owner Matt Kammerer describes the heartbreaking scene:

    There’s you’re answer right there as to why other news media won’t post it. Take a good wild guess.

  7. The blizzard of January 1886 was worse with a kill rate for cattle at 75% and 100 people in Kansas alone who froze to death. It change the way cattle were raised–no more free range, barbed wire fencing, smaller herds, growing hay for winter feed. Here’s one brief article about it:

    Of course, there were no farm subsidies and government programs to “save” the farmers and ranchers. Some went out of business, others converted to sheep, others stayed in the cattle business but with changes, as noted above. Still, all things considered, life went on without government intervention and neither the nation, nor the states directly affected collapsed in total economic ruin.

    Life can be harsh. Plan for it. Prepare for it. Be self-reliant and self-responsible.

  8. Not a single word about this in the Lame-stream Media here in Oz. Just relentless propaganda making everyone feel guilty about a few days of glorious Spring weather we’ve been having!!!

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