Dead cattle and platitudes

Having grown up with beef cattle, I can say from personal experience that watching cattle die — and burning their bodies afterward — is difficult.

But I never had to deal with cattle deaths at anywhere near the level that many livestock producers in the western Dakotas and Nebraska have faced this month. So I can’t fully comprehend the magnitude of their financial and emotional loss

Platitudes — trite, overused expressions presented as if they’re profound and original –can come easily at a time like this. ┬áBut the reality is, some ranch families will face major challenges for months, even years; platitudes won’t change that

It’s also true that a lot of people are rooting for hard-hit ranch families. Platitude or not, we wish you well.

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