South Dakota Cattle Ranchers Are in Crisis

The budget deadlock in Washington is having a devastating impact on cattle ranchers in South Dakota.

Tens of thousands of cows were killed in a freak Autumn blizzard.

Animals were stranded in ravines and pastures where they froze to death and many more could die in the months to come.

Many ranchers lost 80 to 90 percent of their herd.

South Dakota Farmer's Union Executive Director, Karla Holfenke, said, “It creates quite the economic disaster for them. By losing the cows themselves, they've lost paychecks for years to come.

Traditionally, the federal government would provide a financial cushion in a crisis like this.
However, the farm bill expired during the government shutdown and ranchers say if help comes its months away.

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