Spring storm causes stress for area ranchers

BRUCE, S.D. (KSFY) - This impending winter storm is concerning for cattle ranchers right in the middle of the spring calving season.

Many are busy preparing to protect their livelihoods, including a family near Bruce.

Kent VanderWal and his wife built a shelter for their calves to keep them warm during the winds. Ranchers in our region are experiencing a colder and wetter year this season, making it more it more difficult for calving in the spring.

"The storm that's coming this weekend, it's just, I don't want to say, it's a normal storm, but we've already had four or five snow events already in the last three to four weeks," he said. "You are going to prepare for this one just like we prepare for all the other ones."

But they consider themselves lucky that they are nearing the end of calving season. Their biggest concern during the storm is making sure the calves are getting their first milk from their mother, while also keeping them dry and warm.

The VanderWal's have 75 head of cattle on their ranch.