South Dakota agriculture industry still working to recover from record-breaking storm

October 16, 2013

South Dakota agriculture industry still working to recover from record-breaking storm
South Dakota was hit by the devastating winter storm, Atlas, early October which resulted in an estimated reported loss of 20,000 head of cattle across the western region of the state. Final numbers will take weeks to tally.

Because of this record-breaking event, many of you have asked how buffalo are fairing. In an emailed statement from the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association, the news is good. Buffalo are naturally resilient, hardy animals.

"While the losses continue to mount for cattle and sheep producers, I have heard good news from our buffalo producers. I have heard from 777 Ranch, Custer State Park, Kremer Buffalo Company, Jumpoff Buffalo Ranch, Cammack Buffalo Ranch and Wind Creek Ranch and none have reported any losses in their buffalo herds. These ranches are located in the southwest, northwest, east central and north central regions of western South Dakota, so it's nice to hear good reports from a wide-ranging area."

Below is an official press release about how to help cattle ranchers facing this difficult time.

SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NEWS RELEASE

Western SD Blizzard Relief Help Line Available For Assistance or To Volunteer

PIERRE, S.D. -- Those affected by the western South Dakota blizzard and those willing to volunteer for relief efforts should call 2-1-1 or 877.708.4357.

In the coming weeks, the helpline is available to field calls from volunteers that would like to help in identifying and documenting dead livestock, volunteers available for farm or ranch repair (ex. heavy equipment, repairing and re-building infrastructure), volunteers that have professional finance experience, and volunteers who are willing to field questions from those affected and help citizens with mental health needs.

Those out-of-state or living in Harding, Perkins, Ziebach, Shannon, Jackson, Jones, Bennett and Mellette counties will need to call 877.708.4357 to reach the helpline.

MORE INFO

More information can be found on the Department of Agriculture Facebook page and on their Twitter, @SDAgriculture.

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