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South Dakota ranchers reeling from cattle losses, disposal pits set to open on Monday
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, October 13, 2013 2:29 PM EDT
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.
Western South Dakota ranchers are reeling from the loss of tens of thousands of cattle in last weekend's blizzard as pits to dispose of the dead animals are set to open Monday.
Up to 4 feet of snow fell in the Black Hills area last weekend.
Ferguson says the vast majority of ranchers can't afford insurance that covers storm-related damage and the farm bill's Livestock Indemnity Program is in flux because of the federal shutdown. He says ranchers are an independent bunch, but need help.