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More Than 450 Cattle And Calves Donated

Cattle Devastation(AP) – Officials say more than 450 bred cattle and 150 heifer calves have been donated to South Dakota ranchers who lost livestock in an October blizzard.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the cows have come from at least 10 states and 300 donors. The Heifers for South Dakota project was inspired by Miles City, Montana rancher Ty Linger.

South Dakota livestock officials have reported losses from the storm of more than 20,000 cows and calves, nearly 1,400 sheep, 299 horses, 40 bison and one goat.

Fifty-year-old Meadow rancher Brian Flatmoe lost 27 percent of his cattle. He fought back tears when talking about a donation of 20 bred cows he received earlier this week.

Flatmoe calls it a “very humbling gift.”

Meanwhile, November winter wheat prices are down slightly.

(AP) – The U.S. Agriculture Department says that the preliminary winter wheat price is down slightly in South Dakota.

The South Dakota office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service says preliminary prices received by farmers for winter wheat in November averaged $6.45 per bushel, down 28 cents from last month.

The preliminary November spring wheat price, at $6.70 per bushel, is down 34 cents from last month.

Oats, at $3.43 per bushel, are down 11 cents from last month, and corn, at $3.82 per bushel, is down 40 cents from last month.

Soybeans are up 10 cents to $12.40, and sunflowers, at $17.70, are down $4.60 from last month.

The November alfalfa price, at $155 per ton, is down $11.00 from last month.

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