PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials are taking steps to have livestock killed by last weekend’s blizzard removed from state highways.
State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says the state has contracted with a rendering service to clear livestock carcasses from state highways and ditches in western South Dakota.
Oedekoven says carcasses along county roads or private roadways must be removed by counties or the owners of those private roads. Ranchers are responsible for removing carcasses on their land.
The state veterinarian says carcasses must be burned, buried to a depth of 4 feet or disposed of by a licensed rendering plant as soon as possible to prevent health and safety problems.
Livestock owners are urged to document livestock deaths in case disaster payments are available in the future.
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