State Veterinarian Says Ranchers Should Call Helpline for Assistance with Dead Stock in Waterways-Final Producer Meeting to be Tomorrow in Philip

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The sixth in a series of meetings that have been scheduled for South Dakota ranch families in western South Dakota will be held tomorrow in Philip.  The gatherings have been set up by the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, SD Farm Bureau, SD Farmers Union, and SD Stockgrowers Association.  They have included a free meal and information on resources available as ranch families’ work to rebuild their operations following an early October blizzard that left thousands of livestock dead.  South Dakota State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says the meetings have offered a good chance for officials in his office and others to meet directly with producers, answer their questions and hear what they have to say.

Oedekoven says many producers have been able to take care of livestock carcasses left behind by the storm, but there are some cases where cattle ended up in places that have been inaccessible-like muddy areas or in the worst-case scenario-in waterways.

Oedekoven says ranchers needing assistance in recovering animals from waterways can get assistance by calling 2-1-1 or 1-877-708-4357.

The phone numbers can also be used by those who need other help in recovering from the storm.  Producers still dealing with removing carcasses from their property can check out prepared guidelines on how to properly dispose of the dead stock by visiting the Animal Industry Board website at  The final meeting in the series of gatherings that started in Union Center October 25 will be held at the Bad River Senior Citizen Center in Philip from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow.

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