OMAHA (KPTM)- The October blizzard in Nebraska and South Dakota will have an impact on beef prices.
Experts are still counting the tens of thousands of cattle that were killed around October 7th, 2013. The University of Nebraska Lincoln Chadron Extension reported that 2,200 cattle were lost in the blizzard.
Officials in South Dakota are estimating their losses to be the tens of thousands.
"It's total devasation, just unbelievable," said Ken Stoysich.
Stoysich's family has been in the meat business for 52 years. He said he hadn't seen that type of hit on cattle ever before. "It's going to affect beef prices like a hurricane would," said Stoysich.
Stoysich estimated that beef prices would rise 20 to 30 cents after the freeze.
"They've been trying to build up the herds almost a year and a half ago," said Stoysich.
Stoysich said farmers and ranchers have had a touch time recovering from the drought. It takes about two years to go from calf to table. Stoysich said after the blizzard, it could take three years before the herds are back to normal.
"There's no farm bill to help them with it, it's just terrible," said Stoysich.
Stoysich said he gets his meat from five or six different vendors. "This is going to put another dent on it, and stretch it out a whole year," said Stoysich.
Stoysich said he expects prices to rise in the spring of 2014.