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post #1 of 21 Old 10-09-2013, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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devastation for livestock owners in North Dakota

The last few days have been reading on FB about the terrible storm front that hit the Dakota's leaving people without power, snowed in & unbelievable loss of livestock Horses & cattle alike....seeing pictures of them dead in snow banks I am surprised at the lack of media coverage for this disaster.....Sad The Blizzard that Never Was and its Aftermath on Cattle and Ranchers | Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

Prayers to those livestock owners for the loss of their animals & what it can mean to the agricultural community,peoples livelihoods
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-09-2013, 10:56 PM
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oh man. I just cant even imagine an entire herd. man.

thoughts going out to the families affected definitely

also found this....another lovely (sarcasm) side effect of the furlough

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My friend's dad had one of his herds get out. Several of his neighbors did as well. We got called in with our horses to get them back. I've never moved cows before, let alone my four year old Arab trail horse. :P It was not easy. The horses sometimes sunk up to their chests in the snow. We had to get off and walk a lot. With a ton of luck, we managed to get the cows back where they should. It only took two days.

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My prayers have been going out to the families effected by it. I have to ask you folks that are more accustomed with the weather up this a common type of thing, to have such serious storms that kill off herds? Only reason I ask is because this is at least the second instance like this in the last 2-3 years.
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it IS odd that there is not more coverage of this. I don't watch the news much, but there wasn't even a word mentioned in the printed news.

What a harsh thing to deal with. I cannot even imagine.
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-10-2013, 06:04 AM
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Luckily, especially for our 1 month old mule, we live on the eastern side of the state and weren't hit with the the snow.

Smrobs, it isn't that uncommon to get storms like that but not so early. I think that is what caused the deaths of the animals. They weren't ready for it, yet.

I too don't get to see much of the news or read the newspaper. I did know about the storm, snow and power outages but this was the first that I heard about the deaths.
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I read about it yesterday evening. What a catastrophic hit to the industry in that area. The farmers can't even look to the federal government for help for help in all of this. Then, there's also the looming hit to the consumer for a likely increase in cow-based products served by those farms. I don't like cows, but it's really sad what happened to so many of them and what could potentially happen to many more.
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My prayers have been going out to the families effected by it. I have to ask you folks that are more accustomed with the weather up this a common type of thing, to have such serious storms that kill off herds? Only reason I ask is because this is at least the second instance like this in the last 2-3 years.
It was unusual to get this much snow, this fast, this early in the fall. An early fall snow, wet and cold for a short time is common and doesn't effect the livestock horribly.

The cattle and horses don't have their winter coats yet. And, they were still, most of them, on summer pastures. Summer pastures are usually farther from headquarters and have less protection from wind and cold.

The winds were also unusual. 50 and 60 mph sustained, and gusts to 80 mph for a long period of time. The livestock just kept drifting with the wind until they could go no more. Either stopped by a fence they couldn't go through or over, or dropped by exhaustion.

Many ranchers cattle are on their neighbors places and they have other peoples cattle on theirs. I know a family that has only two of their own animals still at home, while they have a couple hundred that belong to other people with their two.

In those situations everybody is leaving the well livestock where they are and whoever has them is caring for them. The focus is finding ones still alive that need attention.

Western South Dakota was hardest hit.
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Also just to add in, we had about 2" of rain that then turned to snow. So everyone & everything was soaked to the bone before the snow & wind hit. Which made for a horrible situation. In Rapid City SD on the first day of the blizzard there was 19" of snow, total for the storm was 23". I heard they had 43" of snow in Deadwood/Lead. It is truly surprising to me that this blizzard didn't make the news. I know I was without electricity for 96 hours (4 days) & there were people I know who were out for 5 days. It's still hit or miss with the electricity. The power companies are busting butt to get everyone back on though.

The first pic is the view from the east side of my barn. It's a drift but you can see how huge it is.
The second pic is from the west side of my barn. The foreground of the pic is my driveway. The picture is deceptive, the snow was 2' in the "valleys" & 3-4' on the "peaks".
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