weekend's blizzard caught many ranchers and
farmers unprepared, killing thousands of cattle.
Now, the most immediate
concern is proper disposal of the dead livestock for the health not only of
surviving herds but also for people.
But one rancher says
that won't be easy.
Farmers and ranchers are
looking at a huge undertaking. Moving thousands of cattle carcasses is an
enormous physical task, but there are logistical difficulties as well.
like a war crime thing almost, I mean you never see piles like that of death
everywhere of that magnitude," said Mike McIntyre, a rancher in western South
a disaster, and the government's hands are tied. Since
the old farm bill expired at the beginning of the month, there is no current
livestock disaster program available. And some individuals might be on their
problem with insurance companies is that many times is that unless you can ID
the animal, there is where my animal went, if it's mysterious disappearance,
producers are going to have an issue," said McIntyre.
the blizzard, it left many of the cattles' bodies unidentifiable.
are in such terrible shape that when they're trying to actually pick up the
bodies they can't ID brands, so the state's pretty much given up on trying to
ID them," said McIntyre.
Mike McIntyre, a rancher in Butte and Meade counties, has some advice…
pictures, especially if you can have time stamped ones like on your phone,
anything like that, it will have a date and time geographic location where
there at, and if the Farm Bill does get past there may be some retroactive
assistance for the blizzard last winter yet," said McIntyre.
says unless anything gets done soon with the federal government, FEMA, and
assistance he expects a lot of producers are going to be out of business
of insurance, you know, producers are pretty much on their own. The states
trying to do what they can, but realistically the state can't bank role this
type of a loss. Reports are saying anywhere from 5 to 20% of all cattle and
western South Dakota may have been lost with this," said McIntyre.
says many of his older neighbors tell him they have never seen anything like
Senator John Thune is urging House Speaker John Boehner to appoint committee members to compromise over the Farm Bill and also asking Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to reopen Farm Service Agency offices in the impacted areas.
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