Rancher: “We Are Just Praying for the Best” With Blizzard

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The bomb cyclone storm continues to move East. This is as cattle ranchers work around the clock to shelter their cattle from the dangerous ice, wind and snow. Ranchers are checking cattle in the middle of the night, as more than a foot of snow pelts of the Western Corn Belt.

Some cow-calf producers are not quite seeing the brunt of the storm yet. They lost power due to freezing rain, high winds, snapped power lines and thunder snow.

“It’s snowing pretty hard,” said Troy Hadrick, a rancher from Faulkton, South Dakota. “[It’s] quite the challenge to get around today. Going to check cows has been pretty tough. We are just praying for the best.”

The spring blizzard couldn’t come at a worse time, as many are in the middle of calving season. For some producers, this is the second blizzard they’ve seen in less than a month.