PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds producers who have lost livestock during the recent blizzard to document losses. Proper documentation is critical to ensure processing of potential claims.
“This early season, record setting blizzard is devastating to our producers and our thoughts are with them,” said Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch. “We are working to coordinate with ag industry stakeholders to establish and execute a response plan.”
SDDA is working closely with the Office of Emergency Management, Animal Industry Board, Brand Board and Governor’s Office on recovery efforts.
Producers should document all livestock losses with pictures, vaccination and hauling receipts, or any other records for possible future use in disaster relief programs. Third-party verification of losses is recommended. If you have questions regarding livestock identification, please contact the South Dakota Brand Board at 605.773.3324.
Third party verification is critical to having the documentation needed for possible future disaster payments. It is best if documentation is signed and dated by both the verifier and the producer. Verifiers can be a number of agencies or groups including SDSU Extension staff, veterinarians, sheriff or deputies, brand inspectors, emergency management officers, sale barn representatives, or neighbors to name few. Verifiers cannot be a member of immediate family or regular hired labor for the producer or ranch. Recognizing travel and access are difficult to nearly impossible in many situations, getting another party out to the losses sometimes cannot be achieved. In the past there have been other methods of justifying losses from third party information, such as vet records, sale barn receipts, bank forms, etc., but doing all the documentation possible now is very important. Photos may also be an option.
Affected producers should contact their local county emergency manager listed below.
|Bennett County||Jeff Siscoe||605.685.5994|
|Butte County||Martha Wierzbicki||605.569.2766|
|Corson County||Brad Schell||605.273.4481|
|Custer County||Mike Carter||605.673.8152|
|Fall River County||Frank Maynard||605.745.7562|
|Haakon County||Lola Roseth||605.567.3515|
|Harding County||Kathy Glines||605.375.3313|
|Jackson County||Jackie Stilwell||605.488.0334|
|Jones County||Angie Kinsley||605.669.7101|
|Lawrence County||Paul Thomson||605.578.2122|
|Meade County||Angella Sutton||605.347.7623|
|Mellette County||Karen O’Brien||605.259.3371|
|Pennington County||Dustin Willett||605.394.2185|
|Perkins County||Kelly Serr||605.244.5243|
|Shannon County||Frank Maynard||605.745.7562|
|Todd County||Kara Walking||605.429.3246|
|Ziebach County||Mike Burgee||605.365.5129|
The South Dakota Animal Industry Board (AIB) will be coordinating disposal of livestock carcasses. Brand Board inspectors will be involved in identifying livestock and livestock carcasses.
For carcass disposal information, contact the AIB at 605.773.3321. Disposal guidelines are available online.
Individuals experiencing disaster-related stress should contact a local community health provider or call Youth and Family Services in Rapid City at 605.342.4195 or 605.342.4870. More information is also available online.