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NDFU donates to cattle relief fund

In response to the October blizzard that caused substantial cattle and animal loss, North Dakota Farmers Union has donated $2,500 to the Rancher Relief Fund.

In response to the October blizzard that caused substantial cattle and animal loss, North Dakota Farmers Union has donated $2,500 to the Rancher Relief Fund.

"Our organization is very concerned about the devastating losses that cattlemen experienced after this storm," says NDFU president Woody Barth. "We hope this donation will inspire others to consider giving to the fund as well."

The unexpected blizzard caught many herds out in the open and with up to 55 inches of snow in some areas, ranchers weren't able to bring their cattle to safety. Ranchers are now faced with burying dead animals, fixing damaged fences and cleaning up mud and debris. An estimated 15,000 to 30,000 cattle died of exhaustion or suffocation in the storm.

The Rancher Relief Fund is administered by the Black Hills Area Community Foundation in cooperation with the South Dakota Association of Cooperatives, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association. Its goal is to directly benefit livestock producers impacted by the blizzard.

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