Newborn calves could die in the cold

Rapid City, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Calves out in ranching country could be in danger tomorrow, if ranchers don't properly prepare and get their animals to shelter before the big storm.

It's calving season, and these babies need extra care in a time like this.

"They get frozen down to the ground if they're born in the wrong spot at the wrong time it gets really tough for them to survive," James Halverson the Executive Director for the SD Stockgrowers Association said.

Halverson says older cattle have adapted to survive in these conditions but younger, more vulnerable creatures aren't quite able to handle the cold and wind.

"You're not going to be able to get all your cows inside, nobody is so you just do the best you can with trying to get some structure around them, some windbreaks some piles of hay," Halverson added.