Mild weather gives cattle ranchers much needed break - KOTA Territory News

Mild weather gives cattle ranchers much needed break

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The hits just seem to keep coming to KOTA Territory ranchers. First the October blizzard struck, killing thousands of livestock. Then, frigid temperatures settled over the area during calving season.

But thanks to some warmer weather, ranchers are optimistic about a turn-around.
 
Deborah Schaaf, who runs her family ranch near New Underwood, said Sunday that this warm spell has been a blessing. Not only did her family lose 83 head in October but the recent cold snap meant she didn't get much sleep, even sharing her home with new calves.
 
"Between getting licked by mom, they're soaking wet, they're covered in all kinds of slime and when it's minus 25 they quite often just freeze flat to the ground unless somebody just picks them up and get them out of the wind and warms them up," said Schaaf.
 
The mild weather is giving her and her family a much needed break.
 
"We've had a couple on Valentine's day, which is nice," said Schaaf.
 

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