Ranchers Concerned, But Welcome Moisture

Area ranchers reported some concerns in the wake of Friday's storm, but were grateful for the moisture as Sheridan County heads into winter.

CEO Wayne Fahsholtz of the Padlock Ranch outside Dayton, said the storm interrupted the ranch's alfalfa cutting, and has stressed some of the calves just being weaned. Ranch hands are also looking for cattle still up in the Big Horn Mountains. Just how serious the problems are remains to be seen.

The storm also damaged trees on the Padlock and at the Beckton Stock Farm, where one building was without power for several days. Beckton Stock Farm Manager Cam Forbes said the storm was nothing unusual, nothing that the ranch was unprepared for. He said, “The cows are fine, and the storm put some snow on the ground.”

Other area ranchers welcomed the moisture the storm brought. Bob Ligocki said his cattle were sheltered, with a lot of feed available, and he was happy to see the foot and a half of wet snow that he received at his place. He said that will help water tables next spring. He did say, the trees at his place were, “ a mess,” and the heavy snow and winds snapped the tops off a couple of pine trees on his land.

Chairman David Kane of the Sheridan County Stock Growers Association said neither he nor ranchers he'd talked to experienced serious problems from the storm. He, too, welcomed the wet snow brought by the storm, saying, “We're getting some great moisture to go into the winter with.”

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