Recent blizzards are weighing on livestock producers in the Dakotas

Blizzards are taking a financial toll on livestock producers in South Dakota.

The north central region of the state received more than 100 inches of snow and in order to make up for lack of availability and nutrition, feed costs are going up. Money spent on fuel is also increasing because farmers are having to spend more time pushing snow to get to pens and they are having to bring water and resources to their animals. The spending doesn’t stop there! One farmer says once the snow melts, she knows there will be significant repairs for fences and that isn’t cheap.

Here’s a look now at what producers and livestock are facing in North Dakota.

Kelly Hanson shared this on Twitter as they were delivering bulls. They said they saw some tough areas to get around, and we think that is an understatement as you can see the road is completely iced over and the snow is pushed as high as the truck on the sides.

Hanson says prayers to the ranchers that went through the last blizzard and for what they are about to experience during spring thaw.


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