Montanans rally to help after devastating blizzard hits S.D. ranchers

South Dakota Blizzard Oct 2013

By: Keele Smith

BOZEMAN – A Bozeman non-profit is asking for donations to help South Dakota ranchers recover from an early October blizzard.

South Dakota Blizzard Oct 2013The blizzard dumped as much as four feet of snow in some areas, and killed at least 20,000 head of livestock.

Kerry White of Citizens For Balance Use (CBU) explained, “We don’t know if the government is going to step in or if they have any ability or desire to do that, so what we’re looking at is good neighbor policy.”

CBU and Bar Quarter Circle Ranch are launching “The Great Montana Cattle Drive” to help their ranching peers in South Dakota.

White noted, “The thing about Montana cattle is they’re a hardy breed, they’re ready to go into the winter, they’ve got their winter coats on.”

Organizers are asking livestock producers to donate one or more production cattle, sheep, or horses.

White explained, “We’ll have those animals tested, certified to go to South Dakota. Coordinate that with the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association. They will handle the dispersal of those animals once they reach South Dakota to those producers most in need.”

Organizers hope to get the first shipment of cattle off before Christmas.

The Bar Quarter Circle Ranch will take your name, contact information and the livestock types you will be willing to donate. Send your information to:

Shipping will be coordinated at a later date after needs are identified and assessed for proper allocation to producers most affected and in need.

Monetary donations are tax-deductible and can be mailed to CBU, P.O. Box 606, Gallatin Gateway, Montana, 59730.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • mustang man

    Interesting most of those cattle people spend thousands a year helping to protect their “right” to abuse BLM land and rent it for less then cost, Govermentn welfare insurance and funds so they can always have a black bottom line as well. they can help their fellow rancher who is a competitor of theirs but ask one to help support a local horse rescue for a few bucks, donate a cow for a raffle etc etc. so hlep with that poor 20 tear old mare that they got the last colt out of and then dumped at the auction they are not only deaf they can spray you with lots of sailor talk that the USN has never even heard of. There are the exceptions of course that are very much appriciated but the general rule still stands.

    October 15, 2013
  • janegreen

    My comments may not be very well received but here goes…why in the world don’t people bring in animals that are out on the “range” when October rolls around? It is a well known fact that the weather can quickly change. I am appalled at how quickly people will dump domestic animals out on the “range” and allow them to fend for themselves, then yell “foul!” when natural predators (or snow) pick them off. So frustrating. I call this animal neglect, nothing else.

    October 16, 2013
  • Marcia

    Amen to the above. Nothing matters but the money to those people.

    October 23, 2013