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Published October 14, 2013, 10:17 AM

Ranchers from around the country offer help to SD

Officials say people from around the country have offered to help fellow ranchers in western South Dakota who lost cattle in a snowstorm earlier this month.

By: Associated Press,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Officials say people from around the country have offered to help fellow ranchers in western South Dakota who lost cattle in a snowstorm earlier this month.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/17wji0d) that about 250 people have called into a help line since Thursday, some with offers to help dispose of dead livestock.

State officials estimate that as many as 20,000 animals might have been killed in the storm.

A couple of Montana groups are asking ranchers in the region to donate production cattle and sheep.

Citizens for Balanced Use and the Bar Quarter Circle Ranch say they’re working with the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association on the effort.

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