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01.30.07

Ranchers Continue to Calculate Losses from Winter Storm

Cattle ranchers across northeastern New Mexico continue to predict tremendous losses in their herds.
    

It's a story we first brought you when the area was covered in nearly thirty inches of snow earlier this month. 

One extension agent with Union County says he estimates more than 800 cattle have died due to heavy snowfall and icy conditions.
    

Cattle under large amounts of stress and with little to no food are miscarrying their calves, threatening the rancher's herd.
      

Many have also died from water in their lungs, when snow accompanied by blizzard-like winds got in their system.
    

Officials say it may be late spring before the total number of cattle lost are determined.

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