Ranchers shouldn’t be concerned over record-breaking livestock loss claims

Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 2:24 PM CST
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - Montana ranchers who lose livestock to predators this year will still receive support from the state’s Livestock Loss Board, although the number of claims has broken records this year.

George Edwards, executive director of the board, says there is adequate funding to continue to pay claims.

“In 2021, we had numerous claims for registered livestock killed and values for (those claims) are higher than traditional stock. With this calendar year coming to a close, our current numbers will still go up but not to a degree that should cause concern for ranchers. All verified loss claims will be paid,” Edwards said.

While claims for animals killed by grizzly bears have been increasing in recent years, Edwards notes the dollar amounts vary from year to year because there are variations in the type of livestock killed.

The state’s combined budget amounts to about $330,000 between state funding and a federal grant. There is still $149,000 left to last the budget year and state officials say claims slow from January to June.

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