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Livestock warnings issued for western Dakotas

Livestock warnings issued for western Dakotas

Newborn and young calves are in danger as winter storm with a foot of snow, rain and strong winds is predicted to sweep across the plains this weekend.

Livestock warnings are going up across western South Dakota and southwest and south central North Dakota as a strong spring snow storm takes shape.

“The forecast is calling for a storm with accumulating rain or snow and strong northeasterly winds 35 mph or over during the next two days,” says Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner. He urges ranchers to take action to protect newborn and young calves and lambs.

“Producers should consider moving expecting and newborn livestock inside buildings or sheltered areas if possible,” he says.”

Snow begins to fall on cattle in South Dakota

A special weather statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for Saturday through Sunday. The main hazard will be the possible six or more inches of heavy wet snow combined with falling temperatures, which may leave calves and lambs vulnerable to hypothermia.

Check out these additional sources:

Cold Weather Advisory for Newborn Livestock – National Weather Service

Foot of snow possible in western South Dakota – Argus Leader

Major winter storm predicted for Mothers Day Weekend. – The Weather Channel

New tool for track hazardous weather for livestock – South Dakota State University Extension

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