Posted: Oct 17, 2013 7:23 AM by MTN News
GALLATIN GATEWAY - Calls of support and pledges of livestock and other donations are rolling in to help devastated South Dakota livestock producers, according to local group.
Citizens for Balanced Use (CBU) said nearly 20 pledges have been made since last week.
"CBU is working on the logistics and is optimistic about the Montana producers who are stepping up to help our neighbors to the east," said Kerry White, CBU Executive Director. "We're collaborating with several agencies and organizations to make sure that these donations will be accepted in South Dakota and how to best identify the producers who need the relief."
The group said they learned Tuesday that nearly 6,000 ranchers were affected by last month's losses and that the headcount of total lost livestock is approaching 100,000 head. Final counts are still not available.
Citizens for Balanced Use is accepting donations that will be sent to South Dakota producers. Because of CBU's non-profit status, donations are tax-deductible. Donations of both certified/inspected livestock and monetary support can be given by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.