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Montana Ranchers Planning Livestock Donation To South Dakota

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After four feet of snow fell in western South Dakota last week, as many as 100,000 cattle died during the early blizzard.

Montana ranchers are there to help out those in South Dakota.

Bar Quarter Circle Ranch said they just started getting people today saying they are willing to donate livestock to the Great Montana Cattle Drive.

Bar Quarter Circle Ranch owners Craig and Gretchen White said they wanted to help ranchers in South Dakota who lost cattle, sheep or any other livestock during the unseasonably early blizzard last week.

"We felt this was a way that cattlemen could step up and maybe put those ranchers back on their feet," said Craig White.

They teamed up with the non-profit Citizens for Balanced Use for the project.

C.B.U. board member Kerry White says right now they are taking inventory of what Montana has to offer.

"They are nowhere near ready to accept animals or live stock at this time," said Kerry White. "Many of those farmers and producers are out there trying to recover what they've lost."

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association said ranchers have lost anywhere from 50 to 75 percent of their herds because of the storm.

Kerry white said South Dakota ranchers have enough hay and feed for their herds, right now they just need help rebuilding them.

"We're looking for production livestock," said Kerry White. "Bread heifers, bread cows, something for these folks to breed, or carry through the winter."

Kerry White said livestock from Montana would be better for South Dakota ranchers than many other states because Montana's livestock is ready for winter.

Because of the government shutdown, South Dakota ranchers aren't able to get federal assistance making the donations from Montanan's that much more important.

Craig White said he just wants to help out his fellow ranchers.

"In the past we've done for people that have had drought, we've had some good hay crops and donated hay," said Craig White.

Kerry White said they hope to ship the livestock to South Dakota by Christmas.

He also said they expect to know what South Dakota Ranchers need in about a month.

If you would like to donate livestock, or would like more information, email Bar Quarter Circle Ranch, barquartercircle@gmail.com. Shipping will coordinated at a later date.

Or if you would like to make a monetary donation, mail it to C.B.U. P.O. Box 606, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730.

All donations are tax deductible.

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