The blizzard that hit Western South Dakota October 4th and 5th has had a dramatic effect on that region; not only on the livestock, but also on the families who raise and care for those animals. Below are some links and resources that may be useful in the recovery and rebuilding process.
These resources are provided by a variety of organizations and agencies working together:
- iGrow & SDSU Extension
- South Dakota Department of Agriculture
- South Dakota Animal Industry Board
- South Dakota Stockgrowers Association
- South Dakota Cattlemen's Association
- South Dakota Sheep Growers Association
Anyone impacted by the recent western South Dakota snow storm can call 211 or 877.708.4357 for any storm-related concerns.
Producers living in Harding, Perkins, Ziebach, Shannon, Jackson, Jones, Bennett and Mellette counties will need to call 877.708.4357 to reach the helpline.
The helpline can answer questions regarding animal removal from agricultural properties, documentation of livestock losses, livestock identification and provide contact information for other assistance programs. Producers experiencing emotional distress can also call for support or to find counseling resources.
Agencies needing volunteers and individuals interested in volunteering to help should dial 211 or call 877.708.4357 for assistance.
SDSU Extension Staff Available for Livestock-Related Winter Storm Questions
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Other Extension staff are available to take calls and help answer questions, but the above individuals are those that have been the most directly involved in seeing and working with the issues surrounding the blizzard. For a complete listing of staff and their expertise, view Our Experts.
South Dakota Cattle Locator (Facebook) - This page is a central location to help connect ranchers who have lost or found cattle after the devastating storm & return them to their owners.
Youth Help Support SD Ranchers - Youth from across the country are encouraged to send their support for South Dakota ranchers impacted by the storm.
Livestock Death Loss and Disposal
- Using Web Soil Survey To Identify Disposal Sites (2013-10-28)
- Pennington County Livestock Drop Points and Map (2013-10-16)
- Meade County Livestock Drop Point (2013-10-16)
- South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Documentaion & Disposal Newsletter (2013-10-12)
- Regional Rendering Facilities (2013-10-11)
- Quick Facts - October 2013 Blizzard (2013-10-10)
- Document Livestock Death Loss (2013-10-09)
- South Dakota Animal Industry Board Livestock Death Loss Report (2013-10)
*Producers are encouraged to have this document signed by both the producer and the third-party verifier. Producers should keep the signed copy for documentation for future potential disaster aid programs.
- Livestock Carcass Removal (2013-10-09)
- South Dakota Animal Industry Board Guidelines for On-Farm Carcass Disposal (2011-07)
- South Dakota Animal Industry Board Animal Composting (2009-12)
- Thoughts About Blizzard Stressed Calves (2013-10-31)
- The Cost of a Blizzard (2013-10-21)
- Animal Well-Being Amidst Weather Disasters (2013-10-11)
- Grass Tetany Concerns (2013-10-10)
- Winter Storm Atlas And What It Means For Cattle Video Contracts (2013-10-09)
- SDSU Extension Feed & Forage Finder
- Nitrate Contamination of Well Water After Flooding (2013-10-15)
- October Storm Impacts On Public Health (2013-10-11)
- Understanding What Happened (2013-10-11)
- Help Line Available To Those Affected By Snow (2013-10-10)
- Remembering Those Who Are Homebound (2013-11-18)
- Weather Conditions Add Social Stress (2013-11-04)
- When Adversity Strikes – Keep Hope Alive (2013-10-18)
- Handling Stress After A Crisis (2013-10-17)
- Talking To Your Child about Natural Disasters (2013-10-17)
- Make Finances A Family Affair (2013-10-11)
- Has Your Income Been Reduced? (2013-10-07)
- Power Outages & Food in Your Freezer (2013-10-04)
- Talking With Children About Natural Disasters: A Balancing Act (2013-06-03)
- Emergency Food Supplies During/After Winter Storms (2013-04-09)
- Storing Water for Emergencies (2013-04-09)
- Food Safety During Emergencies (2013-04-01)
- Tree Damage And Clean-up After The Blizzard (2013-10-11)
- Heavy Snows Resulting In Trees & Branches Breaking in Black Hills (2013-10-04)
- Eagle Butte and Interior Community Gatherings (2013-11-12)
- Governor Encourages Donations To Rancher Relief Fund (2013-10-09)
- Donate to Rancher Relief Fund (2013-10-09)
- Record-setting October Blizzard (2013-10-09)
- Producers should Document Livestock Losses (2013-10-07)
- Animal Health Following Weekend Weather Events (2013-10-07)
- Record Livestock Death Loss (2013-10-07)
On Monday, we started receiving information from other Extension systems from across the country who wanted to help by offering the use of their published information. The recommended materials below have been reviewed but please remember that the information should be applied within current state regulations. SD AIB needs to approve any composting project.
- FAQ Animal Mortality & Composting Videos
- Layout of Compost Windrows
- Mortality Composting Guidelines and Resources
- Emergency Livestock Disposal and Composting Resources
- Emergency Cattle Composting presentation