Early estimates of last weekend’s devastating record blizzard in South Dakota put cattle losses at as many as 75,000 head.

“I have driven across western South Dakota and seen the devastation from this storm firsthand,” said South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday. “With the government shutdown and no farm bill in place, we need South Dakotans to help their neighbors. Many concerned individuals are wondering how they can help, and this fund will provide a way.”

Daugaard is referring to the South Dakota Rancher’s Relief Fund established by the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, South Dakota Sheep Growers Association and the Black Hills Area Community Foundation.

To donate visit, www.giveblackhills.org and search Rancher Relief Fund or click here.

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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