BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Stockmen's Association is urging ranchers who lost cattle in last weekend's snowstorm to keep detailed records of their losses.

Ranchers and industry officials in the Dakotas have said the losses are aggravated by the fact that a government disaster program to help ranchers recover from livestock losses has expired, and ranchers won't be able to get federal help until Congress passes a new farm bill.

North Dakota Stockmen's President Jason Zahn says ranchers should make sure they have the necessary records if livestock disaster assistance programs become available.

The storm dumped more than 1 ½ feet of snow on parts of southwestern North Dakota. Ranchers are still tallying their losses.

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