Winter weather & cost to care for cattle


Farmers don’t worry about cold temperatures, but wet wintry conditions can harm their cattle and their wallets. The winter blast is giving more than just drivers a headache on the roads. It’s burning a hole in ranchers’ wallets who are caring for cattle.

“This is an unusual year,” cattle farmer Doug Dawkins said. “It’s been a whole lot muddier. We’ve had a lot of rain and snow, and it’s created a problem from that standpoint.”

All of this mud, caused by the on-and-off falling of packing snow, is making it very hard on farmers trying to haul their cattle to market.

“It’s a domino effect,” Dawkins said. “Not only has it affected the producers, it’s affected the livestock market as well.” Read more…


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