In South Dakota, the pain of a recent snowstorm is long-lasting for many cattle producers.
Several inches of falling snow literally buried herds in the state. In a number of cases, cattle huddled together in open pastures and ravines trying to stay warm.
But in certain areas, the ground was already saturated with multiple inches of rain. Then in some locations, around three feet of snow fell, and that pushed the cattle into the ground, essentially burying and crushing them, according to one producer.
In some instances, the snowstorm contributed to the loss of 80-90 percent of herds for certain cattle producers.