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The misery these poor cattle must have endured. I’d prefer global warming.


Picture taken 7 Oct 2013 South of Faith, SD on Cherry Creek – Photo courtesy of bigballsincowtown.com

Picture taken 7 Oct 2013 South of Faith, SD on Cherry Creek of a different bunch - Photo courtesy of bigballsincowtown.com

Picture taken 7 Oct 2013 South of Faith, SD on Cherry Creek of a different bunch – Photo courtesy of bigballsincowtown.com

I wonder if the ranchers in South Dakota are worried about “global warming.”

See more – and larger – photos here:

Thanks to Martin Hoer for this link

“Pics remind me of Not by fire but Ice,  says Martin. “Interesting how they are in piles.”





25 Responses to South Dakota Cattle Deaths – Distressing Photos

  1. dman says:

    Very sad, cold is a killer..warmth ain’t that bad.
    In the end……math and science win the arguement.

  2. dman says:

    Piled up to bury or piled up to keep warm…or both.

  3. jbird says:

    They huddled together in these coulees to get out of the wind, wet snow and rain, then froze in there. A few days later the snow melted and the coulees filled with water. It looks like there must have been quite a bit of snow, judging from the amount of water.

    It is the early season and late season storms that cause the most death. The animals are unprepared without winter coats and the snow isn’t as dry as it is in mid-winter.

    One day, a herd of something-or-others will freeze in this way, but the snow will continue to fall. It won’t thaw and melt during the summer, and more snow will fall upon that, on and on. Then a hundred thousand years from now after things warm up, someone will find them.

    • Holly says:

      Wow thank you for actually making the educated observation that this wasn’t filled with water when the cattle huddled here. It is a low sheltered spot that provided some protection from the wind and only filled with water after the up to 5′ of snow in some areas started melting! Thank you

  4. Brian says:

    My guess is they were washed into that area from floodwater. Makes the most sense as it looks like the lowest lying area.

    Remember that this is just the beginning of October. Things are going to really get going toward the end of the month.

  5. Bob Knows says:

    Cattle farts are “greenhouse gas” so these cattle must have gotten to warm. Algore said so.

  6. sharishark says:

    They were trying to keep warm. Very sad for the ranchers – they really care about their stock.

  7. John says:

    The dinosaurs looked like that too.

  8. Curious George says:

    I don’t doubt that allot of cattle died from cold in South Dakota, but that photo looks more like they drowned instead of froze to death….. the water looks like its still in a liquid state and not frozen. just saying…..

    • Pat says:

      There were places that got over 3 foot of snow, plus wind. They probably got out of the wind and were buried by the snow and drifting. It does not have to be -20 when you are buried in wet snow.

  9. Norm Smith says:

    I can’t blame the cowboys for what happened to these cows. Al Gore and the IPCC got everybody to prepare for parched earth and dried-up lakes, on a planet that has “a fever”. Had the cowboys been properly advised they would have prepared accordingly for the long term cooling trend.

    Up here in Northern BC we prepare for extreme cold winters. I personally gather 12+ eggs daily from a very well insulated, very warm, coop that is home to 15 organic laying hens. Others produce beef steers, hogs, goats, etc, etc during our sub-zero winters. Up here lots of people joke about “global warming”… …the sooner the better.

    Peace from Canada

  10. Laurel says:

    down inside riverbanks etc to try and keep out of cold winds, ended up standing in cold water still getting worse chilled and then it snowed.
    poor poor things.
    they wont be the only victims by a long shot, NOT belittling their sad deaths- but theyre owned and worth a quid so the focus goes there.
    meanwhile a NORMAL warmish day of around a NOT hot 31C in Sth Aus copped ridiculous headlines of “searing heat” total fire bans etc etc. and medaclowns raving how extreme heat kills so many.
    uh ?not as many as cold does..but thats not a fact they want anyone to hear.

  11. Autarky says:

    Earth stimulation forecast until Sunday: strong quakes 7-8+ R (in places where MASS animal stimulation observed) and or volcanic eruptions and/or severe rain/hail/snow storms, due to stimulating space electricity shown partially in the photo: http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/en/upload_test/files/kp_20131009.png http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/en/magnetic_storms.html
    Ionospheric stimulation measured by satellites: Solar flares trigger earthquakes – Jain, R., Physical Research Laboratory.
    EACH of the 682 >4.0 EARTHQUAKES under study was preceded by a SOLAR FLARE of B to X class by 10-100 hrs.

  12. Check out this Wikipedia article about the Great Blizzard of 1899; sub-zero temperatures and snow in Florida. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blizzard_of_1899

  13. Pauly says:

    It wasn’t cold enough to kill them.

    • Beverley says:

      If the wind is high enough it does not have to be extremely cold. Wind chill will kill a lot faster than extreme cold.

      By the way did anyone else notice that at least one cow was still alive in the first photo. I hope they pulled her out.

    • Holly says:

      Most areas of South Dakota were first hit by up to 12 hrs of rain before the snow started. The animals thinner fall coats were soaked through before heavy, wet snow and 60 mph winds started up for 48 hrs. Even with a heavy winter coats these animals didn’t stand a chance. Any livestock producer knows the worst thing for your animals is to get soaking wet and then be exposed to even slightly cold wind. So yes, given the preceding rain and wind factor and the length of time the storm lasted it was cold enough to kill these cattle.

  14. Harold says:

    Very sad to see this, as one who grew up on a farm. Any farmer or rancher worth their salt cares a great deal about his/her livestock, economic factors aside.

  15. Neil Love says:

    Animals in distress tend to herd together. Especially in drought they will gather at a water source. Like as seen here in the pictures. I suppose that there is nothing the farmers could do about the drought. Now the straw that has broken the camels back is the sudden onset of premature winter cold and heavy snow. May their souls rest in peace. God is merciful.

  16. J Martin says:

    I don’t understand why the farmers don’t have shelters for the animals, surely a few decent sized barns dotted about the place would be a sensible provision, especially if this sort of thing keeps happening ?

  17. Jason says:

    Hosea 4:3 “Therefore the land will mourn;
    And everyone who dwells there will waste away
    With the beasts of the field
    And the birds of the air;
    Even the fish of the sea will be taken away”.

    Zephaniah 1:3 “I will consume man and beast: I will consume the birds of the heaven and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked, and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord.

    It’s almost time for Jesus Christ to return.

  18. Don Kelley says:

    For those of you who believe in science, the climate models predict that the northern portions of the Great Plains are likely to receive more than usual precipitation, while the southwest gets drier.

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