Date: 11/8/2013 12:00:00 AM

Title: Challenge for Iowa cattlemen to raise funds for South Dakota ranchers

Iowa’s county cattlemen’s associations are are being challenged to join together in raising funds for the South Dakota ranchers who lost livestock during the untimely blizzards that hit the western part of that state in early October. Current government estimates are that 20,000 to 30,000 animals died in the storm.

The challenge began with the Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association. In a letter to the cattlemen’s groups, they said “The damage from that storm to the whole of the cattle industry will be long-lived. Our local county cattlemen's organization here in Shelby County has decided to make a donation to the relief efforts for the South Dakota producers. We will donate the value of one bred heifer. While that may seem significant, we recognize that it is small in scope compared to the losses those producers have gone through. We challenge the rest of Iowa’s county cattlemen’s organizations to join us in making a donation to help our neighbors.”

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation is coordinating the donations; 100% of the Iowa dollars will be sent to the relief effort. Payments should be made to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation with a notation that the money is for South Dakota ranchers. Mail donations to Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation, 2055 Ironwood Ct., Ames, IA 50014.