According to the Associated Press officials in the state are removing livestock killed by last weekend's blizzard from state highways.

State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says the state has contracted with a rendering service to clear livestock carcasses from state highways and ditches in western South Dakota.

Oedekoven says carcasses along county roads or private roadways must be removed by counties or the owners of those private roads. Ranchers are responsible for removing carcasses on their land.

The state veterinarian says carcasses must be burned, buried to a depth of 4 feet or disposed of by a licensed rendering plant as soon as possible to prevent health and safety problems.

The question is: will the current government shutdown affect ranchers who lost livestock in the storm?  The state says farmers should make note of livestock deats in order to submit for disaster payments that may be available in the future.

Picture taken Oct. 7th, 2013 South of Faith, SD on Cherry Creek
Picture taken Oct. 7th, 2013 (Correction) on New Underwood Road
Picture taken Oct. 7th, 2013 on New Underwood Road
Picture taken Oct. 7th, 2013 Southwest of Faith, SD of 3 horses who perished with their heads caught in the wire
Picture taken Oct. 7th, 2013 Southwest of Faith, SD of cattle who walked toward the Southeast until they could no longer take it and just dropped

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