Alabama Students Help Ranchers Hit by Autumn Storm

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – Students from Alabama are in western South Dakota to help ranchers who lost livestock in a blizzard last fall.

South Dakota ranchers lost an estimated 43,000 cattle and other livestock in a blizzard last October that struck early and with surprising ferocity.

The Rapid City Journal reports the students from the Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association were scheduled to bring about two dozen cattle today to donate to affected ranchers in Sturgis. The students will also help ranchers mend fences that were destroyed in the storm.

The students spent Monday working on different ranches. The cattle are expected to arrive in Sturgis today.

The aspiring ranchers will deliver the heifers to the families, aid with the branding and then help take the cattle to summer pastures on the different ranches.