Ranchers Turn to Facebook, Twitter to Find Cattle Stranded By Blizzard

December 30, 2015 01:58 PM
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Winter storm Goliath has made its mark on the Southwest, particularly for ranchers and farmers.

Producers from New Mexico to Texas and Oklahoma have suffered losses of livestock due to the extreme weather. Snow has piled up in the region, leaving some cattle stranded and others wandering free. New Mexico dairy farmer Andle van der Ploeg says the drifts were so high at his dairy that the heifers just walked out of their pens.

He's not the only one dealing with such issues. According to posts by ranchers and farmers on social media, there are cattle everywhere.

News website “Everything Lubbock” reported a group of cattle were corralled on a baseball field in the West Texas Town.

As farmers and ranchers search desperately to bring their cattle home some are turning to Facebook for help.

Several pages have been set up to help reunite animals with their owners, including Cattle Lost and Found and Lost/Found Cattle – TX, NM, OK. Ranchers can post information about where their cattle were last seen, and members of the community can respond when they find cattle matching the description.

Here are a few examples:








While total livestock losses in the area have not been reported, officials are estimating that thousands of animals have died due to the snowstorm. 

Were you affected by winter storm Goliath? How are you managing on your operation? Let us know in the comments. 


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Spell Check

Marlette, MI
1/5/2016 07:11 AM

  Including a bar code on an ear tag would be less than effective due to the fact that cattle lose tags quite regularly and managing a site that would make the info accessible would have to fall on presumably a government body...no thanks. At least they are branded so there is half a chance they will be returned. I'm sure the sale barns will be watching close for a while till this mess gets sorted out.

Stephenville , TX
1/2/2016 12:49 AM

  Technology cost money, Don. With 3000+ head of livestock it's not cost effective to pass that on to the consumer. Dairy prices will already be affected by the loss of aged milkers and the wasted milk that couldn't be transported. GPS locaters in every tag would not be beneficial in cost.

Farmers Branch , TX
12/31/2015 07:42 AM

  Technology allows you to track equipment or packages with tiny tags that interface with GPS tracking. Why not affix the device to the cattle ear tags. Then you will know exactly where your cattle are.


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