Report: 2,200 Cattle Died In Blizzard

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A new report says northwest Nebraska lost more than 2,200 cattle in the early October blizzard that swept through the region.

The loss totals in Sioux and Dawes counties were released by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's extension office in Chadron. The cattle deaths came little more than a year after wildfires damaged more than 900 miles of fence line and reduced the region's cattle population to less than 45 percent of its normal number.

Scott Cotton, an extension educator, says the numbers are not yet definitive.

Cotton says producers should document both their losses and the number of cattle they owned before the winter storm. He says donations to help the victims can be made to the First National Bank Community Foundation in Chadron.

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