Recent storm tough on calves

UNION CENTER, S.D. (WNAX) – Last week’s storm that swept across a large area of South Dakota left a lot of snow and drifting. State Senator Gary Cammack who ranches near Union Center says they had 5 to 8 inches of snow on top of the 12 inches already on the ground. He says there were calf losses.

He says several cattle producers were working long hours calving and when the storm hit bringing heavy 60 mile per hour winds, it made it almost impossible to see the animals.

Cammack says most producers were well prepared for the storm and that helped them save most of the mature cattle.

He says one of the problems they have now is where to put the snow as they’re working to minimize muddy feedlots.


Cammack says the winds and snow left drifts of 10 to 12 feet in some of the draws.