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Created: 10/11/13 (Fri) | Topic: Leadership        

When cattle die from snowstorms

When cattle die from snowstorms

Some producers in southwestern North Dakota lost livestock due to last weekend's unseasonal blizzard. In South Dakota, the losses were catastrophic, making national headlines. Read these collection of links for more information on everything from "Why does this happen?"  to "What do I do now?"

Monango farmer Val Wagner explains how storms impact ranchers in her blog post The definition of a diasater.

The N.D. Department of Agriculture advises producers to record all livestock losses in this release. Goerhing advises producers to record livestock losses.

NDSU Extension provided a "how to" for producers who need to dispose of dead livestock. Read Dispose of dead livestock quickly.

Other helpful links:

Check out the eXtension Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center's video series at

Visit NDSU's livestock environmental management website at

See NDSU's "Animal Carcass Disposal Options" publication at

In addition, on Monday's What's On Your Mind radio call-in program, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and South Dakota Farm Bureau Organizational Director Lowell Mesman will talk about the snowstorm, what ranchers can do and how we can all help S.D. ranchers through the Rancher Relief Fund.


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