October Blizzard Back »

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

Name Expertise Area Phone
Russ Daly Veterinarian 605.688.6589
Adele Harty Cow/Calf 605.394.1722
Mindy Hubert Acreage & Horse 605.394.1722
Jim Krantz Cow/Calf 605.995.7378
Dan Oedekoven General 605.394.2236
Dave Ollila Sheep 605.394.1722
Ken Olson Beef 605.545.3466
Warren Rusche Cow/Calf 605.882.5140
Robin Salverson Cow/Calf 605.374.4177
Shannon Sand Livestock-Financial 605.394.1722
Julie Walker Cow/Calf 605.688.5458


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

Livestock Information




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.

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