PINEDALE – From Oct. 4-7, the Atlas blizzard stormed into South Dakota, dumped a record amount of snow and decimated the state’s overall cattle herd by about 5 percent.
The event began with rain, lots of rain, which soaked cattle and made it difficult for the animals to warm up. As the winds began to gust to around 71 mph, the snow started falling. An area in Lawrence County received a staggering 58 inches of snow during the blizzard, and when the storm finally subsided, an estimated 20,000 cows were dead.
South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Executive Director Silvia Christen told the Associated Press (AP) some South Dakota ranchers reported 20 to 50 percent of their herds destroyed, and she added the economic effect of the storm is likely to hurt ranchers for a couple of years.
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