Over 20,000 cattle perish in South Dakota/Nebraska blizzard
Wyoming Stock Growers Association urges Wyoming to donate
by Wyoming Stock Growers Association
October 21, 2013
The Wyoming Stock Growers Association is urging its membership and Wyoming residents to give to those in the agriculture industry impacted by the blizzard of October 4-7, 2013 also known as "Atlas."
Executive Vice President, Jim Magagna stated, "The recent storm accompanied by freezing temperatures and high winds caused unprecedented devastation to many of our ranching neighbors in South Dakota. WSGA has been told that losses of cattle have exceeded 20,000 head. Should you be interested in making in-kind donations of livestock to repopulate herds, we urge you to contact the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, The South Dakota Stockgrowers, or the South Dakota Sheep Growers."
The majority of cattle losses are found in South Dakota where a Rancher Relief Fund is now accepting donations. To donate to the Rancher Relief Fund visit, www.giveblackhills.org and search "Rancher Relief Fund" or click on this link: https://www.giveblackhills.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Organizations.Overview&Organization_ID=27677. Donors can also mail checks to Black Hills Community Area Foundation/SD Rancher Relief Fund made out to the "Rancher Relief Fund." Address: PO Box 231, Rapid City, 57709.
For those looking to donate specifically to Nebraska, donations can be sent to the Cattlemen Relief Fund at the Chadron Community Foundation. Address: PO Box 1125, Chadron, NE 69337.
While various Wyoming producers have experienced cattle loss due to the blizzard Atlas it is clear the vast majority of cattle losses have occurred in South Dakota and Nebraska. WSGA trusts the Rancher Relief Fund, the Cattlemen Relief Fund and the organizations associated and believe it will help all producers involved.