A South Dakota rancher details the mental and physical trials of dealing with the killer October storm named Atlas that hit western South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska last weekend.
I am deeply saddened by all of you who have suffered these staggering financial losses!
terrible storm for sure not just for ranchers but farmers as well sunflowers and corn taken down from storm and now excessive rain prevents any salvaging whats left. I lost 60 cows equivalent
First off my heart and thoughts and prayers to those who have suffered the terrible loss of both cattle, horses, and other livestock.
As to the nasty poster on the first page: I worked on a 12,000 acre ranch near Midland SD in the early 90's. What you do not seem to understand or lack of care to understand that ranchers and farmers put in the equivilent of a 40 hour week in 1 day. They go to bed well past sundown during planting, harvest, calving, foaling, and lambing seasons only to be up again before the sun rises over the horizon. I have been knee deap in sucking mud helping a neighbor get a newborn calf out cause the first time mom was to inexperienced to not have the calf near a 20'+ cut bank, so when the calf tried to stand up and walk for the first time it fell over the edge. Countless hours in the freezing cold, helping calves, pulling calves, or trying to load a in labor cow in distress onto a trailer for a sometimes 30 minute plus ride to the closest large animal vet, all the while praying for the cow to just hold on a bit longer, or that the calf is still ok. Then sit and assist the vet with a c-section or feel the devastating loose when a calf is dead and positioned wrong or just simply to big. Things could not be the greatest for a rancher/farmer but he worries more about his neighbor, or the person that is a couple bucks short at the store and gives them a hand before helping himself. Ranchers and Farmers are a rare breed, and getting rarer by the year. When one neighbor or friend has a devastating loss they will leave their crops in the field to help that person get theirs harvested first while running the risk losing their own crops do to weather. You don't see the farmers and ranchers fighting grass fires on hundreds or thousands of acres to save their cattle or wild life or their own homes, fighting the fire till they should drop with exhaustion but they turn around and do their chores that had not been done while fighting those fires, for themselves and neighbors in trouble. Or been there when the farmer or rancher comes across a cow that unmistakably has rabies and has to put it down, or the antelope, deer, or elk that is injured beyond saving and puts it down.
If you are one of these vegan people, do you not think that plants don't feel pain or abuse (lack of water or fertilizer)? Then you need to just close your mouth. Once you walk a few months or a year in these farmer and ranchers shoes then maybe your little tirade might be justified.
Very sorry to hear about this event. The scale of it must have prevented cattle being rescued more quickly. Although i now spend all day on a laptop i have vivid memories of growing up on acow farm in Poland. Of a handful of cows we had each had and was often called by a name. They are docile, almost personable. Looking after them you do get attached. Remember how they breathed heavily and emptied a full water bucket in 3 gulps back from a field. I sure pray to the Blessed Lord that all your losses are recovered.
I appreciate all of you ranchers and farmers. God bless you.
You can never explain to someone who has never raised their own food, gratitude. You can't explain that a prayer of thanks at dinner is to the animal that gave you sustenance. It is hard to explain that you love the animals that feed your friends and family. It should be obvious, but in a country where less than 3% of people live on farms and produce food, that disconnect is not going to be overcome on an internet blog. Believe it or not, you cant learn everything from a keyboard.
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