Donating a bred heifer to a total stranger isn't as easy as writing a check to a charity.
"Three pieces of paperwork go with every animal," says disaster program founder, TTY Linger.
Ty has helped process over a 1,000 head of cattle for the Heifers for South Dakota relief effort.
Veterinarian Tara Marshbanks donated her services to the cause that takes donated cattle, and delivers them to ranchers in South Dakota that suffered livestock losses during a massive winter storm that killed thousands of cows and calves.
"I check IDs, so we know which animals are leaving Montana, where they are going," says Marshbanks.
The clinic she works for also donated vaccinations, pregnancy testing and tattooing for all the animals that were donated.
I'm proud to be part of it. It just shows how caring rural people are," says Marshbanks.
When Ty and his wife Rosalie decided to donate one of their best bred heifers to an anonymous rancher, and then challenged a few of their neighbors to do the same, the couple imagined the endeavor might produce a handful of heifers.
"Within three days we had a dozen, within a week we had 150, within a month and a half we had 700 and it just snow balled," says Linger.
With the help of a Facebook page, livestock donations began to stampede in from seventeen states. Then cash contributions arrived from England, France, Australia and New Zealand and truckers helped out by delivering the cattle for free.
"It's pretty overwhelming you know when we started running tallies, figuring current livestock market value, it's just staggering the amount people have given to help out these folks, just incredible," says Linger.
A thousand head of cattle won't make South Dakota producers whole again, but these cows will provide what Ty says is hope with hide.
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