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Ranchers Working To Keep Livestock Warm

January 5, 2014, 5:30 PM by Leland Steva

Ranchers Working To Keep Livestock Warm
PARKER, SD -

Allen Merrill at Merrill Farms makes sure to lay down fresh bedding to keep the heat underneath the cattle. The cows also eat more during the cold, and need to drink as much water as possible to help digest their feed to create energy. Merrill's dad Bob has been on this farm since 1957, and he says the extreme temperature swings that have happened recently can have dangerous effects on his heard.

“The fluctuation is not good for livestock because they can get pneumonia or something. We've been very fortunate this year, but we don't like those 30, 40 degree swings in a day,” Merrill said.

Bob also said that the cattle are more prepared physically than the cattle that were lost during the West River Blizzard since they have their winter coats.

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