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Ranchers Take Precautions

Ranchers Take Precautions

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The prospect of wind chills of 50 to 60 below zero makes ranchers take note.

They have their livelihood outside in the elements and the cattle can be injured or even killed by winter weather.

John Dhuyvetter of the North Central Research Extension Center says the weather that's on the way can be hard on cattle - and work done ahead of the storm can make all the difference.

(John Dhuyvetter, NCREC Cattle Specialist) "It would be a great day to put a little extra feed out, put a little bedding down, do those extra things, sort a few off that may be loosing like they need to be in the corral a little closer to the shed, so if it really gets bad and hangs on a few days you can feel a little more easy sitting in there looking out the window than feeling you have to get out and get it all done."

Ward County Rancher Lee Novak was taking precautions today knowing what the forecast was calling for over the next few days.

He says his cows will remain close to cover for the duration of the storm, making sure getting to them is as easy as possible if it is needed.

Doing some extra work before the storm hits can pay off if it gets bad out...

(Lee Novak, Ward County Rancher) "When we start to hear weather like this generally we will start pulling out more straw bales. I feed cows out toward the field against tree rows and now we will bring them in the lots and get them good wind breaks and plenty of protection. Extra feed, make sure water is good. When it gets that cold it is hard to keep waters open."

Novak says the cows are actually getting used to the colder weather since this season has been so cold -- the challenge for both men and animals has been the drastic swings in temps.

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