South Dakota cattle carcasses are everywhere today after the unexpected snow storm dumped several feet of snow on the state. Cattle were stuck in the snow and mud without any shelter in sight when the weather unexpectedly turned into a monstrous storm, according to The Inquisitr on Oct. 14.
Even before the snow started some of the cattle, who were grazing, were washed away as flood waters swept the area before the snow storm hit. It started out as rain, but the temperatures dropped bringing snow and ice to South Dakota.
Today the farmers have the daunting task of assessing their loss and so far 20,000 head of cattle are dead. Authorities believe the number could reach 100,000 by the end of this week. Some farmers lost half of their herd. One farmer described the heart-wrenching scene:
“There are cattle that are 8 or 9 miles away from the pasture… just lying dead… it’s just dead cow after dead cow… They’re dead everywhere.”
County officials are assisting the farmers with the cleanup. While farmers may have insurance covering their losses, as soon as it is passed by Congress, the Livestock Indemnity Program will offer the farmers some financial relief.