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Rancher Joe Carley works Wednesday at the Philip Livestock Auction in Philip where he works to help make ends meet. Carley lost about a quarter of his cows and a third of his calves in an early October blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota, but he plans to continue ranching. (AP Photo/Chet Brokaw)

South Dakota ranchers vow to survive cattle disaster

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By Chet Brokaw

PHILIP (AP) — Joe Carley has nearly finished burying the cattle he lost in a freak early fall blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota. Now, he's figuring out how to dig himself out of the financial hole left after about a quarter of his cows and maybe a third of his calves died in the storm.

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