No, it sure didn’t! When the temperatures start dropping below zero, farmers not only have to deal with the cold temperatures while feeding their livestock, they also have to make sure the waterers, creeks or ponds don’t freeze over, that their tractors start so they are able to feed the livestock and that their livestock has a place to shelter them from the elements.
Last February, I told you how we prepared for a big snowstorm. We had to do a lot of the same things then, but we didn’t have to deal with the frigid temps that time.
Knowing that the temperatures were going to be below freezing and near -30 to -40 with the windchill, Kevin needed to make sure they had plenty of hay to eat and moved a few around so that they would have protection from the high winds that would be sweeping over our area.
Cubes, which provide extra protein and energy to keep the cattle warm, would also be given to the cattle during these cold days.
As long as the cattle are well fed, have access to water and are able to get to some protection (i.e. wind breaks) they can usually withstand really cold temps.
Luckily this cold snap is only suppose to last through today. Tomorrow the high is suppose to be 26 and mostly sunny, so that will help a lot!
What have the temperatures been where you are? How are you staying warm?