Heifers for South Dakota makes first cattle delivery - KOTA Territory News

Heifers for South Dakota makes first cattle delivery

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The October 4th blizzard left many ranchers in western South Dakota devastated. "You see one little bunch of them laying there dead then you go up over the next hill and there's more dead," said rancher, Jacob Rausch. He lost more than 50 percent of his cattle.

On this day though those bad memories are in the rearview mirror and the smile on Rausch's face will outshine everything else. That's because a group of volunteers has devoted their time to helping families affected by the blizzard. "We're actually going to deliver cattle to some of these families that have been so affected by this blizzard," said Ty Linger, one of the organizers behind Heifers for South Dakota.

Friday the group gave the Rausch family 20 heifers. "When you see someone struggling you want to help and this is a way we can reach out and help people and it will make a difference," said Linger. The group also plans to help between 30 and 40 more families other than the Rausch's.

Although the blizzard was a tragedy, Rausch sees the event as something that has strengthened the bond between all those affected. "This has given me hope and I think its going to pull us through," said Rausch. "I think it will make things easier and if I can help do that for somebody else that's great." Cattle donations have come in from ranchers in ten different states, including a few from overseas.

 

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