You can help with relief efforts
•Rancher Relief Fund
In response to the overwhelming desire to help and need for help, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota Sheep Growers Association and South Dakota Stockgrowers Association have started a fund to help those who have been affected by winter storm Atlas. Monetary donations only. Rancher’s Relief Fund is a non-profit (donations are tax-deductible) and 100 percent of the donations go directly to the ranchers affected. Administration is provided by the organizations mentioned and volunteers. They are still working out the details of distribution.
To Mail Donations:
Black Hills Community Area Foundation
SD Rancher Relief Fund
P.O. Box 231
Rapid City, SD 57709
To pay with a credit card: Go to http://www.giveblackhills.org and type in the charity name as BHACF/SD Rancher Relief Fund then click Donate Now. There is a credit card fee on top of the selected donation amount, which means the amount you intend to donate gets to the recipients.
•Atlas Blizzard Ranch Relief and Aid
This group is organizing a benefit auction to obtain more funds for the Rancher’s Relief Fund. They are accepting donated items and stallion fees for auction to raise money for those affected. Among the items to be auctioned off is a Tim Cox print, stud fees to several Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa stallions around the region, western household decor items, artwork, and much more. To see the items already donated visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RanchersRelief
Contacts: Kara Jo Webster, Jenn Zeller or Tammy Schwartz – “team” email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
No one can battle this alone, but together we can make a difference.
•Heifers for S. Dakota
Heifers for S. Dakota is accepting pledges of bred cattle and quality replacement heifers to be delivered to ranchers in the affected area who lost at least 25 percent of their herd.
They have been established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and has 28 branches already set up in surrounding states to help with the effort.
The list of organizers for pledge cattle is below. If there is not an organizer in your area contact Ty Linger at email@example.com or call 406-853-3188.
Matt and Cassie Winters – 563-767-2435
Western – Dan Madsen, 712-790-0940
Heidi Doering-Resch – 605-999-8564
Bozeman – Holley Woosley-Vennes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carter and Fallon Counties – Steve and Kim Bruski, email@example.com
Chinook – Alisha Burcham and Rene Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebok page: MT Ranchers Paying It Forward
Circle – Keri Lee Taylor, 406-485-2869
Dillon – Hope Kincheloe, 406-320-0060
Facebook page: Southwest Montana Ranchers for South Dakota
Great Falls – Jill Lorang, email@example.com
Miles City – Tracy Hauk, 406-951-3211, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelby – Jeff and Nanna Flesch, 406-337-3402
Glendive – Janice Kruger, 406-939-1482
Baker – Steve and Kim Bruski, email@example.com
Facebook page: Fallon And Carter County, MT Cattle Donations for South Dakota
Melstone – Willie Collins, 406-358-5020, cell 406-853-0273
Stacey – Tracy and Becky Anderson, 406-784-2844
North Central – Doug and Kim Shepperd, 605-469-5533
Central – George Arbuthnot, 308-440-3132
Western – Joey and Jen Kessel, 701-575-2230 Erin Brurud, 701-570-4665
Central – RD Andes, 701-898-0384
Sentinel Butte – Judy Johnson, 701-872-4769 dougandjudyjohnsonranch
South Central – Doug and Kim Shepperd, 605-469-5533
Guy and Joyce Thayne – 435-454-3657
Uintah Basin – Amy Hunter, 435-823-0615
Albany County – Heather Alexander, 307-760-5974
Campbell County – Lindsay Wood, 307-670-0171
Casper – Keith and Wendi Lankister, 307-436-7149
Crook County – Dave and Misty Reynolds, 307-756-2914 or 307-756-2519 firstname.lastname@example.org
Evanston – Aaron Martin, 307-679-4703
Editor’s Note: More on the three relief efforts above can be found at http://www.helpforsouthdakota.com
•South Dakota FFA
The SD FFA Foundation has set up a relief fund to help SD FFA members who lost livestock during the storm that were part of the FFA SAE project. Learn more at http://www.sdffafoundation.org/news.html
•Buffalo Livestock Auction
Buffalo Livestock Auction is asking the producers in their area for the donation of a weigh cow, bull, calf or bred cow (or more if you can) to sell during our regular sale on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Buffalo Livestock Auction will be waiving all of our fees on these animals sold and 100 percent of the sale price will go to this relief fund. They have set a goal of $50,000. See http://buffalolivestock.com/sd-rancher-relief-fund/ for more information.
•Platte Livestock Roll-Over Auction
John and Jeremy Rasmussen Families are donating a steer to be sold in a “roll-over auction” with the proceeds going to benefit the Rancher Relief Fund. This will be in conjunction with thier regular sale starting at 12:30 p.m. All donations are greatly appreciated. Donations will be accepted prior to the auction as well. Please stop by the office or call the salebarn (1-800-337-2655) with any questions.
•Jewel Kade October Sales
For the month of October, Angela Miller is donating 20 percent of her Jewel Kade sales to the Rancher Relief Fund.
Visit http://ruralrose.jewelkade.com/ and attach your order to Angela RanchRelief.
•Ranch Relief Run Virtual Race
Choose your distance and run, walk, hike or bike your event anytime before Nov. 30. A custom die cut medal will be awarded. This event will benefit the SD Rancher Relief Fund – supporting livestock producers impacted by a devastating blizzard in early October.
•Ranch Relief Fund Benefit Roping
On Nov. 10, Sunday Fun Day will include the Rancher Relief Handicap Drawpot where 100 percent of the funds will go to the Rancher Relief Fund.
Contact Steele Roping if you would like to match all or a portion of the donated dollars at 307-290-0743. Learn more at http://www.steeleroping.com/ F
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