A new report says northwest Nebraska lost more than 2,200 cattle in the early October blizzard that swept through the region.
The loss totals in Sioux and Dawes counties were released Monday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's extension office in Chadron. The cattle deaths came little more than a year after wildfires damaged more than 900 miles of fence line and reduced the region's cattle population to less than 45 percent of its normal number.
Scott Cotton, an extension educator, says the numbers are not yet definitive.
Cotton says producers should document both their losses and the number of cattle they owned before the winter storm. He says donations to help the victims can be made to the First National Bank Community Foundation in Chadron.
In South Dakota, a South Dakota Stockgrowers Association official says there will be significant economic impact. The official says cattle in the area before the blizzard were worth $550 million, with a potential economic impact of $1.7 billion on the area.
So far there's been no federal aid. A relief fund set up after the Oct. 4 blizzard that dumped up to four feet of snow in the region has about $300,000 in donations so far. Christen says money has come from people in 48 states and three countries.
Ranchers in northwestern Nebraska and southwestern North Dakota also suffered heavy cattle losses.