Cattle Still Missing After Storm, Farm Bureau Starts Fund

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Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ranchers and residents in southeastern Colorado have teamed up via Facebook to track down all the cattle scattered in the snowstorm that hit in recent weeks. According to various reports, people living in the southeastern portion of Colorado dealt with up to 27 inches of snow that fell between Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. 

There were snow drifts from 10 to 15 feet in some areas. Viewers sent in photos of dozens of dead cattle, along with cattle buried in the snow with no way to easily get out. More than 300 hundred cattle are confirmed dead in Baca County alone. Hundreds more are missing or presumed dead. 

The Facebook group Missing Cattle Baca County Blizzard is just one example of how ranchers are using social media to post images of their cattle brand while residents who find cattle update them on where the stock was located.

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation activates disaster relief fund 

Colorado Farm Bureau has activated a disaster fund to help the farmers and ranchers directly impacted by last weekend's devastating late spring blizzard in Baca and Prowers counties. 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to aiding these producers as they face the aftermath of this natural disaster. Read more here