(NAFB)--The South Dakota Stockgrowers Associaiton, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association have established the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund to provide relief for producers affected by the blizzard that hit the state earlier this month. The blizzard - which also affected portions of Wyoming and Nebraska - is being called one of the most devastating blizzards in history. The storm resulted in the death of tens of thousands of head of livestock - with some ranchers reporting herd losses of 50 to 90-percent or more. South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director Jodie Anderson says while they are heartened at the outpouring of support coming from around the country and offers of cattle donations - they are encouraging folks to consider financial donations at this time. With winter bearing down - Anderson says those affected are struggling with clean-up operations in addition to the normal fall roundup, weaning and pre-winter preparations. She says the group’s focus is financial, physical and psychological support for producers slogging through the gruesome clean-up process. The fund is administered by the Black Hills Area Community Foundation in cooperation with the founding livestock organizations. More details are online at http://www.sdcattlemen.orgwww.sdcattlemen.org. To contribute online - visit www.giveblackhills.org and search for Rancher’s Relief Fund.