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Donated Cattle Leaving For South Dakota Friday

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CLYDE PARK, Mont. -

After about a month of planning, the Great Montana Cattle Drive is heading to South Dakota Friday morning.

Thousands of cows are going to South Dakota ranchers who lost livestock in an unseasonable blizzard in early October.

Thirty-six cattle, 27 pregnant cows and nine calves, will go from the Logan Guest Ranch just outside Clyde Park to South Dakota early Friday morning.

Logan Guest Ranch owner Jim Logan was one of many ranchers from western Montana donating cows to South Dakota ranchers after a blizzard killed 50 to 75 percent of their herds.

The cattle are spending the night at Logan's Ranch.

"I volunteered our place because we had a set of scales so we could weigh them so the trucker knows how much weight he has on his truck when he leaves here," said Logan.

Logan and his granddaughter decided they wanted to help shortly after the storm, so they organized their own cattle drive.

Last week, they teamed up with Citizens for Balanced Use and Bar Quarter Circle Ranch just outside of Bozeman to make one trip from western Montana.

"If we can do this and help them out just a little bit, it makes me feel better," Logan said.

When the cattle arrived Thursday, a veterinarian was on hand to determine when each cow was due to give birth and make sure all the cows had the required paperwork before heading out.

Some estimates total up to 100,000 cows, horses and sheep died in the freak storm.

Current market prices for good, young bred cows generally range from $1500 to $2000 a head.

Even with the cattle donations from Montana, Logan doesn't think every rancher hit in South Dakota will bounce back.

"Probably a good share of them will lease their land to someone else, or sell out," said Logan. "And I hate to see them sell out because ranchers are dwindling fast enough the way it is."

That being said, Logan still hopes the cattle will help the ranchers.

"I just wish these people all the best because they have really been kicked in the butt," said Logan. "They really need a hand up, and no fooling."

The cattle are expected to leave around 9 a.m. Friday.

More cattle from western Montana could go to help South Dakota ranchers, if they get the donations.

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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