Western Nebraska Wiped Out Cattle Herd

Blizzard on homestead in western Nebraska wiped out an entire cattle herd.

| Good Old Days

One summer when we lived in western Nebraska, we mowed and bunched hay for a large cattle company until late in the fall. The hay was for cattle that stayed out on the range all winter without shelter. That year we had one of the worst blizzards this county had ever known. The cattle were in good shape as they drifted with the storm, but when they came to a fence, the snow covered them and they froze. I don't know how many cattle died, but the cattle company lost heavily.

My husband got a bunch of men together and they skinned 400 head, leaving the carcasses in the fields.

The coyotes grew fat, and the big green flies were so numerous that we swatted and sprayed all spring. 

Mrs. Carl E. Feikert
Kearney, Nebraska

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