A weekend snowstorm wiped out large portions of some cattle herds in South Dakota and could have long-term effects on herd health and production. Cattle producers must keep records on the number of dead animals and other information in order to collect disaster aid, although any funds could be delayed due to the government shutdown. Animals that survived the storm likely experienced a sustained cortisol release that can predispose them to illnesses, including respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, said veterinarian Russ Daly.

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