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Some ranchers report losing up to half of their herds.


A record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet (in some areas almost 5 feet)of snow in parts of South Dakota left ranchers dealing with heavy losses, in some cases perhaps up to half their herds

Gary Cammack, who ranches on the prairie near Union Center about 40 miles northeast of the Black Hills, said he lost about 70 cows and some calves, about 15 percent of his herd. A calf would normally sell for $1,000, while a mature cow would bring $1,500 or more, he said.

“It’s bad. It’s really bad. I’m the eternal optimist and this is really bad,” Cammack said. “The livestock loss is just catastrophic. … It’s pretty unbelievable.”

Cammack said cattle were soaked by 12 hours of rain early in the storm, so many were unable to survive an additional 48 hours of snow and winds up to 60 mph.

“It’s the worst early season snowstorm I’ve seen in my lifetime,” said Cammack, 60.

See entire dreadful article (good writing, but dreadful story):
http://news.yahoo.com/early-snow-kills-thousands-cattle-sd-231039511.html

Thanks to Robert Stom for this link

 

5 Responses to Early snow kills thousands of cattle in South Dakota

  1. Joe says:

    Robert, all these livestock losses remind me of the dinosaurs you mentioned in your book. Now we’re seeing some of these storms dumping snow in feet… soon will it be in stories??

  2. Laurel says:

    wow in a bad way.
    and they would have been in pretty good condition and healthy. brutal conditions and no time to adapt ie they wouldnt be in full winter coats yet either.
    poor animals and their owners:-(

  3. JimS says:

    This is a repeat as to what happened in Peru and Bolivia in South America when they were entering into their spring, just about a month or two ago – as they had tens of thousands of livestock perish in the cold and snow.

  4. Caroline in Nicholas County West Virginia says:

    Snow cover is already off to a very fast start across the Northern Hemisphere… isn’t that how Ice Ages start?

    Chris Bailey of KY Weather then adds

    “It’s already well above normal and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon. A rapid build of of an expansive October snow cover can often signal a colder than normal winter in our part of the world. We shall see.”

    LINK to image http://kyweathercenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Snowfall.png

  5. Lucas says:

    Ranchers will have to start looking into raising American bison if climate is so brutal


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