Keeping cattle warm

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We’re not the only ones who feel the effects of cold weather. 

The conditions present challenges to cattle ranchers. 

Reporter Nathalie Gomez checks in with one rancher on his effort to keep them warm.

He’s been doing this for 50 years…so he knows a thing or two…

“Cattle thrive in this kind of weather a lot of people think that –they picture themselves in this kind of environment and we can’t survive,” said cattle rancher Ron Behm.

He says cattle stay cozy, as long as they’re provided the right resources… 

“If they stay out of the wind and you give them ample nutrition they do just fine,” said Behm.

Mornings for Behm and his son mean putting out some hay and feed. 

“We planted more corn last year because it was dry and we knew we weren’t going to have ample feed so we planted a few more acres of corn silage, and it’s nice to have to have the extra feed,” said Behm. 

“This is the little treat there’s a little more energy in this and they maintain the condition it better there’s more carbs,” said Behm. 

When the wind blows the cattle know to stay away from it…

“They’ve got access to windbreaks and breaks in the coolies and like that,” said Behm. 

Behind me are the yearling heifers that were born in the spring so this will be their first full winter and they seem to be doing just fine. 

Behm does remember a time that the cold was unbearable… 

“December of 83 I didn’t have a cab on my tractor at that time and we saw windshields of 100 below zero and temperatures probably 35 40 below,” said Behm.  

‘that was hard on humans and cattle”. 

but he got through it and says technology now allows him to spend less time outside but still tending to his cattle.

‘We don’t have to be in it like we did years ago when we didn’t have cabs,” said Behm.

He adds he’s ready from calving season that will begin in the next few months, but then is hoping for warmer weather.

Behm will start his calving season in April. 

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