Area ranchers pull together for some of their own in need.
The South Dakota Animal Industry Board estimates about 20,000 cattle were lost from the storm, and representatives from the South Dakota Ag Department says that number is probably low, because many are still being found.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you to Kist Livestock where one cow is generating thousands of dollars for those producers who've lost nearly their entire livelihood.
It's not very often that just an ordinary cow with no special pedigree and no extra ordinary qualities sells for more than thousand dollars.
But today area ranchers are raising their hands for those producers who lost much of their livelihoods during the early autumn snow storm that claimed thousands of cattle in the Dakotas.
(Matt Lachenmeier / Kist Livestock) ""A rollover auction is where an item is donated and we auction it off and a lot of the businesses and private people bid on it and in return they turn it back in and we auction it again."
(Doug Goehring / ND Ag Commissioner) "They have a lot of hurdles to assess. How many livestock? Who do they belong to? And their disposable process. The disposable process for carcasses is rather cumbersome."
Matt Lachenmeier with Kist Livestock says the auction was something they wanted to do because it's their industry too.
(Matt Lachenmeier / Kist Livestock) "We are in the livestock industry and we really feel for those people are we are here to serve them. We feel that anything that we can do to help those people along we are more than glad to do it for them."
Bid after bid this little 500 pound heifer calf generated more than 30-thousand dollars.
And North Dakota Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring says fund raisers like these are critical for helping our neighbors to south rebuild their herds.
(Doug Goehring / ND Ag Commissioner) "It displays something to these producers in another state that have really been impacted, stressed hurt and harmed by a weather event or mother nature in a situation that in some degree has taken some people pretty far down in the dumps and they feel somewhat hopeless."
Restoring a sense of hope during a hardship that's been hard for the entire industry.
Mobridge Livestock has hosted 2 rollover sales which have raised more than $26,000 dollars.
Mobridge will be auctioning off another heifer next Tuesday to raise more money.
If you would like to donate a relief fund has been set up at give black hills dot org, you can also check out rancher relief fund on facebook.