UNL PRELIMINARY REPORT PUTS BLIZZARD CATTLE LOSSES AT 2,200

Posted 11 months ago

By John Axtell

snow dead cowCHADRON, Neb. (AP) – A new report says northwest Nebraska lost more than 2,200 cattle in the early October blizzard that swept through the region.

The loss totals in Sioux and Dawes counties were released Monday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s extension office in Chadron, but extension educator Scott Cotton emphasizes that the numbers are not yet definitive.

The cattle deaths came little more than a year after wildfires damaged more than 900 miles of fence line and reduced the region’s cattle population to less than 45% of its normal number.

Cotton says producers should document both their losses and the number of cattle they owned before the winter storm. He says donations to help the victims can be made to the First National Bank Community Foundation in Chadron.