Are distances that far that a few livestock shelters scattered around the pastures could not have saved enough of those cattle to pay for the shelters?
I realize that compared to older stock cows, steers and heifers are pretty dumb, so they can't anticipate a storm at the start or to head for home until after it's too late. Even in a milder climate like Minnesota and Iowa, providing winter shelter for the entire herd is a basic neccesity to keep feeders gaining weight efficiently and profitably.
Was the storm so early that those cattle were not moved to their winter ranges yet?
I live in a different climate, so i'm just asking.