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(Billings Gazette)   Freezer burn ruins thousands of pounds of steak   ( divider line
    More: Sad, South Dakota, South Dakota blizzard, ranch house, Folsom, cattle  
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4244 clicks; posted to Main » on 10 Oct 2013 at 12:29 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-10 12:34:30 PM  
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From TFA: Making things worse, because the government is currently in a partial shutdown, ranchers are unable to ask federal officials questions about how they might be reimbursed in the future.

"A lot of the government agencies that we would normally be turning to for those answers are furloughed," she said. "So there's this sort of timing issue that's enhancing the frustration out there in cattle country."

Wait, you mean these farmers can't pull themselves up by their bootstraps?  Confronted with limited government, they realize that they don't actually like it?  Say it ain't so.
2013-10-10 01:36:24 PM  
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That blizzard was pretty hardcore. I recently moved into the area (Spearfish, SD). Here are some pictures I took during/after the blizzard. BTW, the car is a Subaru Forester (for size reference).

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It was 3 days until the roads were cleared so we could go anywhere. The damage to the trees was substantial. It doesn't surprise me at all that some of the herds took some losses. That was one of the more intense blizzards I've seen in my life (grew up in Michigan and have seen plenty of blizzards).
2013-10-10 01:05:14 PM  
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2013-10-10 12:39:14 PM  
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Maybe the bootstrappy fiercely individualistic ranchers who graze their cattle on federal lands would have used some kind of government program, like the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE and anticipated a storm killing their animals.

Darwin weeds out the stupid.

Just don't be begging for taxpayer money from Uncle Sugar, you Fierce Individualists!
2013-10-10 12:30:52 PM  
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