Northwest Nebraska cattle ranchers suffer heavy herd losses

CHADRON - Ranchers in northwest Nebraska are working to save their remaining cattle after the blizzard earlier this month wiped out up to 80-percent of some herds.   Melody Benjamin, with the Nebraska Cattlemen, says producers need to record and verify their losses so they can be eligible for assistance later. All losses must be documented for the Livestock Indemnity Program, or L-I-P, through the Farm Service Agency.  Benjamin says they're working with Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann and the state's congressional delegation to find out what aid is available. Also, a relief fund has been  established through the Chadron Community Foundation.