Local Farmers Unite to Donate Cows

Augusta County Extension Office) 540-245-5750

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CHURCHVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- Folks in the Valley are reaching out to help fellow farmers all the way in South Dakota after a deadly blizzard wiped out livestock across the western part of the state.

Tens of thousands of cattle were lost in that blizzard in October.

Now, two local groups are working with a charity to send cows to South Dakota.

The Rockingham Feeder Cattle Association and the Augusta County Extension Office are sending out letters to local farmers asking for donations of cows.

They are trying to help ranchers in South Dakota.

"Basically I just thought to myself, if I woke up one morning and 50 to 90 percent of my herd was dead, what in the world would I do? I thought that as a fellow cattleman, the least we could do was try to do something to help them out," said Jim Lam, the president of the Rockingham Feeder Cattle Association, "It's actually heartbreaking. I've seen some pictures of animals buried in the snow bank and just, you know, they had to give up, couldn't go no more. It's a sad, sad thing that happened."

The group is collecting cows twice, once at the end of this month and again in March.

If you'd like to help out, call the Augusta County Extension Office at (540) 245-5750.

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