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Counting Their Losses
Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Oct 21, 2013 09:09 AM CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (DTN) -- "The first rancher I know of committed suicide yesterday," said Mike McIntyre. "This is just a devastating time."

McIntyre, a full-time veterinarian in Sioux Falls, partners in ranching operations in both the eastern and western parts of South Dakota. He had about 800 pair of cattle prior to the stormy weekend of Oct. 4. At this point he still doesn't have a clear count as to how many of his cattle are alive. He said rains and snowmelt have flooded creeks and many ranchers have been unable to reach their herds to see if they are ...

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