South Dakota blizzard kills 75,000 cattle

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Seventy-five thousand! Including tens of thousands of calves.

An unusually early and enormous snowstorm over the weekend killed as many as 75,000 cattle in South Dakota, ravaging the state’s $7 billion industry.

The blizzard set snowfall records for the entire month of October in a mere three days, state and industry officials said.

Across the state, snow totals averaged – averaged! – 30 inches (76 cm). Some isolated areas recorded almost 5 feet (140 cm), The Weather Channel reported. That’s shoulder-height-deep for most people.

It’s so early in the season that the animals hadn’t yet grown their heavier winter coats, leaving them unprotected.

“The cattle were soaked to the bone,” said Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. “Then the wind and really heavy snow started — it just clung to them and weighed them down.”

“Many of them just dropped where they were walking,” she said, adding that at least 5 percent of the roughly 1.2 million cattle in the western third of South Dakota likely perished.

A trail of carcasses left a gruesome sight, said Martha Wierzbicki, emergency management director for Butte County, in the northwestern corner of the state.

“They’re in the fence line, laying alongside the roads,” Wierzbicki told The Rapid City Journal. “It’s really sickening.”

The effects will be felt for years, warned the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association. Not only were tens of thousands of calves killed, but so were thousands more pregnant cows that would have delivered calves next year.

As if that weren’t enough, the stress of the storm will leave the remaining cattle vulnerable to several infectious and ruinous diseases, said South Dakota State University Agricultural Extension Service.

“This is absolutely, totally devastating,” Steve Schell, a rancher in Caputa, near Mount Rushmore, told the Rapid City newspaper. “This is horrendous. I mean the death loss of these cows in this county is unbelievable.”

Meanwhile, politicians blather on about global warming.
Thanks to Lyn Jenkins for this link

22 thoughts on “South Dakota blizzard kills 75,000 cattle”

  1. A very interesting reaction from Russia: “Early snowfall paralyzed the state of South Dakota , tens of thousands of cattle froze to death. In the major U.S. media about it – not a word.” and “For all of South Dakota tens of thousands of cattle lie dead after a snowstorm swept on Monday, that could bring the greatest losses to this agriculture state in its history.”
    Translation by My own comment: Apart from some local news agencies, the greatest loss in the history of SD was not a news item at all in the Main Stream Media, not in Western Europe, not in the USA itself. In order to get real information about what is going on in the USA, Americans should read Russian media like Narodsobor? What happened to the watchdog function of the free press? Anything that is not consistent with the global warming hoax is kept from the public by bias media.

  2. Well, there you have it, global warming caused among others, by underwater volcanoes, warming the oceans and thereby indirectly the atmosphere, adding warmth, CO2 and vapour to the atmosphere. The atmospheric layers become more and more disrupted and may collapse in critical localities, thereby inducing extremely cold air from the higher atmosphere, like vertical winds, unleashing hurricanelike forces and instant cold and snow, playing havoc with living beings on the surface.

    Another explanation could be artificially induced HAARP weatherpatterns, but that’s too much conspiracytalk for most people to digest, although IMO it does play an important role in nowadays weather.
    Finally, Earth’s ever decreasing magnetic field, in conjunction with the Sun’s declining magnetic field, will surely have an impact on abnormal weatherpatterns, as it possibly has on activating underwater volcanoes, thereby creating a vicious circle climatewise !

    1. Roger, I have contemplated the Haarp equation too, however if one just does a little research on how much the climate has changed on Earth in its history, and the extremes that have occurred even in short timescales, it’s very difficult to make the argument that now is any different.

  3. Global warming has many effects other than simply increasing average global temperatures. It creates unstable weather patterns and more severe storms. So yes, though this eradic storm system consisted of cooler temperatures, it could certainly be an effect of global warming.

    1. Carly, you can’t be serious. Global warming causes less low-pressure cells, in intensity and frequency, and a more benign climate.

  4. Glenn Beck’s, “The Blaze” website is the only other news site reporting this story. Not even Fox is reporting this story.

  5. Global warming could very well be the culprit as with oceans warming more water evaporates and is made available in the atmosphere for snow formation. It may sound counterintive but that’s how the physics of climate chsnge may explain this tragedy.

    1. If you’re talking about ocean warming caused by underwater volcanoes, I could agree with you. If you’re talking about ocean warming caused by humans, I think you’re way off base.

  6. I don’t watch the MSM news, but I checked their news reports on the websites, and it appears that their reporting of this event has been rather anemic.

  7. They wondered. That is what cattle do when a storm hits. They just take off with the storm and that’s where they ended up. If I was a betting man I am a cattle rancher and have seen it.

    1. I don’t know what this means but it was just a few weeks ago that 250,000 alpacca were killed by cold and snow in South America.

  8. They probably went into the pond for two reasons:
    1) They where looking for protection from the wind and the pond had a small bluff and is lower than the surrounding land.
    2) The ground water would have been warmer than the rain and snow at least for the early part of the storm.

  9. But why did they go into the pond? (as in the photos on previous post)

    Cattle don’t do that – especially if they are cold.

    It looks like they tried to get into water, just like the 100+ dead deer that died recently.

    1. Stephanie, Id suggest the dam/creekbed areas were dry or nearly so, they also had sheltering sides from a cows point of view to get out of the wind when theyre wet to avoid chill factor, very clever.
      until the rain kept falling and the dams/creekbeds filled, and then the snow came.
      the newly revised toll is horrendous.

    2. You will see horses and buffalo face away from the wind with heads down and walk the direction the wind is going. This is to keep the warmth of movement, herd unity and generally as the wind pushes the snow in drifts it will uncover forage they don’t have to paw down through the snow. If they find shelter to buffer the wind they will use it – some times not the best places either – i.e. watering holes that will over top in a heavy rain event. I am sure the sheep herds had a similar fate as the winter wool becomes very heavy and they lay down because of it

  10. Politicians can say whatever they want..
    At some point math and science win…at what cost till then?

    1. Do not bet Obama or those who work in the government of the Inited States will yield to logic, science or reason. They simply have too much to lose. They have been 100% wrong, this will undermine the authority of the US government as The failure of Lysenkoism undermined Russian authority. Stupid is hard to get around.

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