In the wake of the devastating blizzard on Oct. 4-7, South Dakota ranchers discovered thousands of dead cattle, victims of the harsh wind, rain, snow and cold that struck the exposed animals for days. Ranchers suffered financial losses and saw years of hard work disappear. "In many cases, a steadfast commitment over multiple generations to developing their herd's genetic traits vanished in a matter of hours," writes state Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch, who notes that producers are nonetheless determined to rebuild, aided by a recent outpouring of support and generosity.

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