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Associated Press, Published October 10 2013

ND ranchers advised to record livestock losses

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association is urging ranchers who lost cattle in last weekend’s snowstorm to keep detailed records of their losses.

Ranchers and industry officials in the Dakotas have said the losses are aggravated by the fact that a government disaster program to help ranchers recover from livestock losses has expired, and ranchers won’t be able to get federal help until Congress passes a new farm bill. Ranchers should make sure they have the necessary records if livestock disaster assistance programs become available, the Stockmen’s Association said.

The storm dumped more than 1½ feet of snow on parts of southwestern North Dakota. Ranchers are still tallying their losses, but Stockmen’s President Jason Zahn, who ranches near Towner, said cattle deaths are “substantial.”

Dan Christman, who lives a few miles east of Hettinger, where 20 inches of snow fell, said he lost 20 cows and as many as two dozen calves.