Feeding cows and doing chores in sub zero temperatures is a battle for any rancher.
There are a few cattlemen near Mercer who are feeding a extra mouths this winter.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story of how family and neighbors pull together to keep one farm family's dream alive.
It's a daily duty many ranchers take for granted...and sometimes even complain about.
Matt Fischer would gladly be out in the tractor, versus watching from the sidelines.
(Matt Fischer / Rancher involved in farming accident) "November 10, I thought I would maintain the stack mover and oil the chains and get it ready for winter. I was oiling the chains and one of the couplers caught my coat, pulled me in and flipped me over. Before I knew it I had no chance to get away. it had amputated my arm, and then I still had my leg, but it had chewed it up pretty bad. I was able to crawl out from underneath there are jump in the pickup and get back to mom's and call for help."
Now half of Matt's cows live here at his in laws, while the other half are spending the winter at a neighbors house.
Matt says the community support has been overwhelming.
(Kim Saueressig / Brother In-Law) "Once it all happened it was a lot of phone calls taking place and a lot of friends and neighbors helping out. Just wanting to help."
(Matt Fischer / Rancher involved in farming accident) "I don't have any words. I know the cows are in good hands and I don't have to worry about it. It helps me get better and helps me heal when I don't have to worry about it."
(Kim Saueressig / Brother In-Law) "With my sister and the local community and Matthew for Turtle Lake, Mercer and McClusky it's not just one community, it's three now. The outpouring of support is fantastic, it's been the amount of thanks we can't even say enough about combining corn and taking care of the cattle and just the help that Matthew and Becky have been able to get has just been outstanding."
With an upbeat attitude and plenty of determination, Matt doesn't plan on watching from the sidelines for long.
He's waiting for the day the doctor gives the ok, to be back in the tractor and out with the cows.
(Matt Fischer / Rancher involved in farming accident) "With the help of neighbors and family, I think we will be able to do that. That's our goal. To keep farming and to keep the cattle."
Near McClusky for KX News, I am Sarah Gustin.
A benefit is being held at the Mercer Community Center for Matt and Becky this Saturday.