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Ranchers donating heifers for South Dakota

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Even though this month's storm didn't hurt many Wyoming ranchers, like Lindsay Wood in Spotted Horse, about 35 miles north of Gillette, they understand how badly South Dakota ranchers are hurting.

"We just got our place bought. We do have our cows but if something happened to those cows there's no way that we could continue. We'd have to sell out and start over in another industry," said Wood.

So wood and others became involved with Heifers for South Dakota, and started helping collect livestock and monetary donations that will go to South Dakota ranchers.

"We will probably donate about four from this ranch. And after talking with some other neighbors in the area, we decided we should try to get about 50 out of this Recluse, Northern Campbell county area. I've been getting at least a call a day, usually two or more. We've got about 11 heifers lined up right now," said Wood.

Those interested in helping out can visit http://helpforsouthdakota.com/. Ranchers from as far away as Minnesota and Iowa are also collecting donations for the program.

Organizer Ty Linger says after only two weeks donations total about 400 cows and $11,000. Linger says he hopes to see more than 1,000 head of cattle donated.

THIS IS NOT THE ONLY EFFORT GOING ON. THE WYOMING FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA ARE LEAVING CANS AT BUSINESSES FOR DONATIONS TO HELP THEIR COLLEAGUES IN SOUTH DAKOTA.

"FFA students that have lost some of their SAE projects or any of their cattle or other animals,"said Matthew Winterholler with Gillette FFA. Matthew is a junior at Campbell County High School.

These kinds of efforts help demonstrate the solidarity that is felt between fellow ranchers.

"Agriculture is pretty much the heart of America," said Matthew.

"Any other FFA is basically family to us. We all work together. We all do stuff together and we like to help each other out," said Maria Acord, a CCHS sophomore in Gillette FFA.

"The beef industry has just stepped up and they do it every time there's a problem. Every time there's a need ranchers step up to help other ranchers and anyone else in their community when they need it," said Wood.

The Campbell County Cattlewomen are also holding a silent auction and dinner November 9 at the Cam-plex in Gillette that will benefit the South Dakota Ranchers Relief Fund.

If you want to send a tax deductible monetary sponsorship for a heifer or expenses with transportation & handling, NC RC&D of Pierre, South Dakota, will also be handling these funds. Please make checks payable to North Central RC&D. Please put "Heifers for SD" in the memo line of the check. If you would give a clear return address, a receipt of your donation will be sent to the donor, unless otherwise noted.  The mailing address is: North Central RC&D / 19757 327th Ave. / Holabird, SD / 57540 / Attn: Nick Nemec.

Organizers of Heifers for South Dakota hope to have all donated cows collected by the middle of November. They will start delivering them to ranchers later in the month.

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