Bracing for the Cold: Advice for producers on how to protect the herd

Cattle producers across the country are facing extreme cold this week.

The Midwest and Northern Plains are digging out from a blizzard and preparing for more snow. A South Dakota State Extension Specialist encourages producers to take extra precaution when it comes to the wind and keeping the livestock dry. He encourages farmers to continue to move as much snow off of pens and surfaces as possible. The specialist sees this increasing the demand for feed as well as hay and silage.

Kari Jo Lawrence sent us these two photos from right outside her kitchen window in South Dakota. The ground is covered in a blanket of snow and it is hard to see past the fence in the yard.

Lawrence said the amount of snow was not the issue, it was the wind that made things challenging! In a picture taken the next day at the same spot, the wind had finally started to calm down, but there is still a lot of snow.

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