BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials and the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association are urging ranchers to gather their animals into sheltered areas as a spring storm hits.

State Veterinarian Susan Keller says it’s a particularly difficult time for producers because calving season is underway. She says getting the animals protected and providing adequate feed and water is “an absolute priority.”

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says producers who need help should contact their local extension agent, county law enforcement or the Department of Agriculture.

Much of North Dakota is under a blizzard warning. A blizzard that struck early last October hurt ranchers in the southwest, with livestock losses estimated at more than 1,000 animals.

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