FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Catastrophic Relief
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Tue Oct 22, 2013 03:18 PM CDT

HADDONFIELD, N.J. (DTN) -- Aid continues to pour in for victims of the Atlas Blizzard that struck western South Dakota in early October.

The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is discouraging immediate donations of live animals, given that ranchers are struggling with cleanup operations in addition to normal fall roundup and pre-winter operations. Instead, state livestock groups have teamed up to create a Ranchers Relief Fund with a goal of immediately raising at least $1 million, including some six-figure corporate contributions.

While livestock damages are still being tallied, official estimates put storm deaths somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 head of cattle. ...

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