With the massive livestock losses, what will the financial impact be on ranchers?
Those buying and selling cattle at the Belle Fourche livestock auction say so far there hasn't been an immediate impact, but that's because the financial losses have not been tallied.
"It's going to be a trickle down effect," said Tony Chytka, who was buying cattle. "I don't think you've even begun to realize what has happened. I mean it's going to be weeks before anyone can figure out what has happened, but just by what you see around its not looking good."
"We haven't even begun to see the long term implications," said Kaye Sperb, who was also looking at cattle. "Its going to take years for people to come back, if some of them do come back from this, and that's a tragedy."
Ranchers say give it a few weeks and they'll know just how devastating this blizzard was.