The Sagebrush Sea

Ramblings from a Cowboy-girl.


I am sure many of you are well aware of the devastation wrought by the recent snowstorm in Western South Dakota. Contrary to it’s name, the Atlas Blizzard brought the weight of the sky down upon ranchers and communities in the state. They’re still tallying up their losses and recovering cattle that have wandered away in the wake of the storm. The pictures and stories being shared on social media and in the news repeatedly bring me to tears. Those of us involved in the livestock business are emotionally invested in the health and well-being of our animals. The heartbreak of this blizzard is beyond comprehension and the impact will be felt for years to come.

For those of us who aren’t able to offer our hands, horses, and on-the ground help opportunities to offer financial help have been created.

Black Hills Area Community Rancher’s Relief

Atlas Blizzard Ranch Relief and Aid

South Dakota Stockgrowers


  1. The only real coverage I saw on the blizzard was on The Weather Channel. Who, by the way, are the ones who came up with this ridiculousness of naming winter storms. (NOAA doesn’t recognize it.)

    Sad, sad, sad. :-( I feel for those affected. Have seen the photos making the rounds on Facebook, too.

  2. I know it isn’t right, however I have tried to avoid the pictures of the animals.
    To me, Children and Animals are literally on the same level; it’s difficult enough trying to explain things that shouldn’t happen, or pain, to adults – it’s impossible to explain them to children, and to animals.
    Yes, even though a cow or a horse is one’s livelihood, there is also that respect and concern for their health. It’s an odd combination that I’m certain many people do not understand.

  3. I’ve blogged about it, too It’s disgraceful, the lack of media coverage. This blizzard was devastating.

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