Not just another freak snowstorm
October 12, 2013 10:28 AM Subscribe
"...Winter Storm Atlas took a huge toll on folks in Western South Dakota earlier this month.
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With reports of up to 58″ of snow and almost hurricane-force winds, South Dakotans were struck hard with an early season blizzard of historic proportions...Estimates are that upwards of 70,000 cattle, horses, and livestock perished in the storm. That means many ranchers lost all of this year’s calf crop and a good majority of their cow herds...I’ve encountered many losses in ranching, having several cattle at once struck dead by lightning, but I cannot imagine what it must be like to see dead cattle and horses strung out for more than 100 miles."I Feel Angry: The Repercussions of Storm "Atlas"
: How is it that something so superficial as a “fluffy cow” caught the attention of the nation, and yet something so devastating as thousands of animals dying from a natural disaster can’t make the headlines? Should Perez Hilton be contacted?
Questioning Cattle Deaths in South Dakota
: Jody at Pretty Work provides a FAQ.
Updates and resources from the South Dakota Extension.
The Agriculture Proud link has a terrific roundup of both blog and media coverage of Winter Storm Atlas, but the blog roundup in particular includes graphic photography of dead livestock.