It has been feeling like the winter will never end. There is no one feeling this more than our local ranchers and farmers right now.

With calving season in full swing, a lot of local farmers are trying to make sure that they keep as many calves alive as possible.

"With the cold weather you have to watch them (the cows) very closely, because if they (the calves) are born out in the middle of the cold, it only takes twenty minutes for them to freeze to death," explains Local Rancher, Derrik Wilson.

Wilson says that he, himself has only lost two calves so far this year, but has heard of many other ranchers losing more than the normal amount of calves due to them being born in the cold weather. Ranchers are more tired this year, than in past years as with the cold weather, they are having to watch their herd a little more closely than they normally would.

"It's long hours, instead of doing checks every two hours, you are doing checks every hour or forty-five minutes just to  make sure that there is nothing out there," advises Wilson.

Wilson says this cold weather is also hitting them in the pocketbook.

"You have to feed them more because it is colder, they need the energy for being cold pulse when they have the calf they are also making milk for the calf so instead of just having to worry about making milk, you have to give them extra rations so that they are keeping themselves warm as well," said Wilson.

Wilson says the best thing that ranchers can do right now is to make sure that you have good barns, and lots and lots of straw.

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