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Published December 03, 2013, 11:34 AM

Northern Great Plains ranchers ready for storm

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cattle ranchers in the Dakotas who were hard-hit by an early October blizzard are better-prepared for the latest winter storm in the northern Great Plains.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cattle ranchers in the Dakotas who were hard-hit by an early October blizzard are better-prepared for the latest winter storm in the northern Great Plains.

Southwest South Dakota rancher Bob Fortune says some cattle were still in summer pastures when the earlier storm hit. He also says ranchers have had some relatively good weather since and have been able to put up hay. He says ranchers are ready for winter, unlike two months ago when the snowstorm hit with surprising intensity.

Cattle themselves also are better able to withstand bad weather. North Dakota Stockmen's Association leader Julie Ellingson says cattle have grown their winter hair coat now, and can withstand harsh conditions.

The National Weather Service says snow totals in the region by late Wednesday could range from 2-10 inches.

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