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Massive Cattle Deaths Spur Rancher Relief Fund

A disaster relief fund has been set up for ranchers devastated by the major blizzard that just struck the Black Hills.    

Some livestock producers in Western South Dakota lost entire herds in the freak storm. 

The carcasses of thousands of cattle are now emerging from the melting snowdrifts.

Officials say the urgency is compounded by the lack of a farm bill  and the federal government shutdown and that has pulled one safety net out from under producers.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has this story.

To donate to the Rancher Relief Fund visit, and search "Rancher Relief Fund" or click on this link. Donors can also mail checks to Black Hills Community Area Foundation/SD Rancher Relief Fund made out to the "Rancher Relief Fund." Address: PO Box 231, Rapid City, 57709.

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