With the cold days we have been dealing with since the beginning of February, it has been tough on our systems. Imagine having to work in the cold with animals that have to spend most of their time outside. That is what many of our ranchers in our area have to deal with.
More time and effort has to be put into the ranch when the temperature drops. Nate Horner is a rancher in the Pollockville area and provides details on what is required to maintain his herd this time of year. "It's definitely a little trying. You have to use some more feed, you end up going through some more bedding if your background is in calves or bulls. You go through a lot of bales and it's hard on your equipment."
Just as humans, cattle deal with the same issues out in the cold. "You can freeze some feet and do some different things. If you're calving in this (weather) you can have all kinds of issues. Freeze off ears, tails, and feet and then, of course, kill calves but it's definitely an issue," remarks Horner.
Although it seems like this cold weather has been around since October, according to Horner, it hasn't been too bad. "We had a pretty nice winter until February and we're paying for it now. The last three weeks to a month has been tough. You keep putting the feed in front of them (the cattle), it's hard on them but they're tough and hearty. If you've got the feed, it's not the end of the world."
According to Environment Canada, this cold weather could be around to late March or April so there is a bit of work ahead for our farmers and ranchers in our area.