Even when the mercury dips below -40 you will still find cattle producers out in the fields tending to their livestock.

For many in the industry, the cold is just an unwelcome part of life. We reached out to Prairie Wind Farms, Wes Mack to fill us in on how the animals are making out in the cold.

"It sucks the energy right out of them, they got to eat that much more to maintain their body temp and keep themselves comfortable when it's this cold, with a windchill like we got it effects them in a very negative way."

It's not just the adult animals cattle producers have to worry about, with temperatures this low calves wouldn't last the night without shelter. 

Wes Mack "lots of purebred breeders are starting to calf right now, there are lots of sleepless nights, were calving ourselves,  checking cows every two hours when its this cold, a cow calving outside undetected in this weather wouldn't last long in these conditions so they have to be moved to a heated barn or shed or shelter of some kind at least give them a chance to survive."

There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into raising cattle even on a good day.

Wes Mack "All kinds of producers and cattle ranchers and farmers go out of their way to ensure the health and well-being of the animals and provide the best products possible for our consumer, I'm not sure if a lot of regular consumers are aware of just how much work, devotion and time is spent with the animals to ensure they have supper tonight." 

Wes went on to mention. "I hope it warms up soon its makes for a lot of extra work when its this cold watering dishes freeze up it takes extra bedding, extra feed,  its just hard on everything."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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