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Got an Extra Cow? SD Needs Your Help

PHOTO: Can you spare a cow? It's a question being posed on social media  as part of an effort to get quality animals to beginning and small ranch operations in South Dakota hit by winter storm Atlas. Photo courtesy of HelpForSouthDakota.com
PHOTO: Can you spare a cow? It's a question being posed on social media as part of an effort to get quality animals to beginning and small ranch operations in South Dakota hit by winter storm Atlas. Photo courtesy of HelpForSouthDakota.com
October 21, 2013

PHOENIX - Can ranchers and farmers in Arizona and other states spare a cow? It's a question being posed on social media, in an effort to get quality animals to beginning and small ranch operations in South Dakota hit by winter storm Atlas.

Miles City, Montana, rancher Ty Linger founded "Heifers for South Dakota," after 100,000 animals were lost in the storm there. A loss of that magnitude means replacements are scarce, he said.

"There will be very, very few cattle within the affected area for sale. These folks are going to be going a couple hundred miles at least to find quality cattle that they can use to replenish their herds."

For those not in a position to donate breeding stock, he said, monetary donations also help to cover the expense of transporting animals to those who need them most.

Linger declared that livestock donations should be what he called the type of animal you are proud to own; high quality is key.

"Most all of us have had the best year we've ever had this year," the rancher declared. "Let's reach out to our neighbors. Let's extend love, and encouragement and hope."

Volunteers are available to coordinate animal transportation, and all donations are tax deductible.

Details are at HelpForSouthDakota.com.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ