H/T to Gray Steven’s for this inconvenient story which doesn’t fit the news-topical warming narrative.
Why isn’t this on the news?
The worst blizzard in recorded history of South Dakota just swept
through the state. Tens of thousands of cattle are predicted dead and
the much of the state is still without power.
The Rapid City Journal reports,
”Tens of thousands of cattle lie dead across South Dakota onMonday following a blizzard that could become one of the most costlyin the history of the state’s agriculture industry.”
Christen said cattle hadn’t yet grown their winter coats to insulate
them from freezing wind and snow. In addition, Christen said, during
the cold months, ranchers tend to move their cattle to pastures that
have more trees and gullies to protect them from storms. Because
Friday’s storm arrived so early in the year, most ranchers were still
grazing their herds on summer pasture, which tend to be more exposed
and located farther away from ranch homes.
And from http://networkedblogs.com/PSfnH
I’m from south dakota, and i can tell you this weekend’s blizzard was
f*cking crazy. i’ve never seen anything like it. these cattle never
had a chance.
I’m good friends with the woman interviewed in the article, and she’s
an emotional wreck because of this. she’s like one of the
hardest-working, selfless people i’ve ever met, and all she can do is
cry when ranchers ask her what they will do now.
The article only touches on how huge this story is. seriously, we’re
talking thousands of head of cattle rotting in piles throughout the
prairie. and we’ve got warm weather coming up (we already were in the
70s the other day), so the putrefaction will only happen faster. you
have not seen a mess until you’ve seen a bloated cow explode due to
decomposition; now multiply that by a few thousand.
but if you’re in an urban area, the impact to you is that you can
expect much higher beef prices next year.