Brandon farmer Doug Ode says most years farmers and producers are happy when the temperatures are mild in November, but he was surprised with how long and cold this winter has been so far.
With the mercury now rising, Ode says he has to watch the heifers at the two hundred to 500 pound range because they can develop respiratory problems with the varying temperature swings. The dairy farmer says he is looking forward to spring, but the warmer temperatures don’t mean his job is over.
“Management is the key. Just because it's nice out doesn't mean your management level can drop or slip a little bit,” Ode said.
Ode did say he lost one newborn calf this winter, but overall he is happy with his herd after this brutal cold spell.