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Resources for ag producers with blizzard cattle losses

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PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture reminds producers who have lost livestock during the recent blizzard to document losses.  Proper documentation is critical to ensure processing of potential claims.

"This early season, record setting blizzard is devastating to our producers and our thoughts are with them," said Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch. "We are working to coordinate with ag industry stakeholders to establish and execute a response plan." 

SDDA is working closely with the Office of Emergency Management, Animal Industry Board, Brand Board and Governor's Office on recovery efforts. 

Producers should document all livestock losses with pictures, vaccination and hauling receipts, or any other records for possible future use in disaster relief programs.  Third-party verification of losses is recommended.  If you have questions regarding livestock identification, please contact the South Dakota Brand Board at 605.773.3324.

Affected producers should contact their local county emergency manager listed below. 

Bennett County: Jeff Siscoe, 605.685.5994

Butte County: Martha Wierzbicki, 605.569.2766

Corson County: Brad Schell, 605.273.4481

Custer County: Mike Carter, 605.673.8152

Fall River County: Frank Maynard, 605.745.7562

Haakon County: Lola Roseth, 605.567.3515

Harding County: Kathy Glines, 605.375.3313

Jackson County: Jackie Stilwell, 605.488.0334

Jones County: Angie Kinsley, 605.669.7101

Lawrence County: Paul Thomson, 605.578.2122

Meade County: Angella Sutton, 605.347.7623

Mellette County: Karen O'Brien, 605.259.3371

Pennington County: Dustin Willett, 605.394.2185

Perkins County: Kelly Serr, 605.224.5243

Shannon County: Frank Maynard, 605.745.7562

Todd County: Kara Walking, 605.429.3246

Ziebach County: Mike Burgee, 605.365.5129


The South Dakota Animal Industry Board will be coordinating disposal of livestock carcasses. Brand Board inspectors will be involved in identifying livestock and livestock carcasses. 


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