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Rancher Deals with Blizzard

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Spring blizzards are commonplace in North Dakota.

But it doesn't make dealing with them any easier.

About 10 miles southwest of Mandan, Bryce Allen hunkers down for these storms.

He, his family and the herd of cattle he's taking care of. 

Today, of all days, Bryce Allen's best tool in this weather...is in the shop.

"(Bryce Allen/ Rancher) It usually happens during a storm or before a storm. At the worst time usually. But we'll get it back going here so we can do chores and stuff this afternoon."

He uses the tractor to get around, move snow..and most importantly to move his cows.

"Today when we moved them they just followed the tractor, put some hay in the bucket and they just ran right after it."

He moved his herd from one end of his 120 acres to the other.

They needed better shelter from the snow and wind.

"That's the best when they lay down in the straw like that. They get nestled in and try to get some protection that way."

Best case scenario ...the calves don't get too wet or too cold.

And they all live.

Worst case...calves get sick and die.

He'll check on them every hour or so...all night long.

"There won't be much sleep tonight."

The key is to keep them moving around...and eating..

"That's awesome, because he's getting warmed up. He's getting milk."

They need the nutrients from their mother's milk...nutrients they can't get from anywhere else.

Allen says the very young calves need it to make it through these tough conditions.

With a forecast heading to sub zero temperatures...He's worried.

"I guess God gives us good days, and he gives us bad days, you just got to take them all."

(nats - moo)

Allen will take them all.

He says this is better than anything else he could be doing.

"It's a good way of life...the best really I think. I don't like to do much else."

And why would he?

Mike Chaussee, KX News.

 

Allen puts the young calves anywhere he can to keep them safe.

One calf spent last night...in his living room.

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