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Warm Up Receives Warm Welcome From Producers

February 15, 2014, 9:55 PM by Leland Steva

Warm Up Receives Warm Welcome From Producers
BRANDON, SD -

Producers have had enough.

"We're looking forward to spring," Farmer Doug Ode said of a winter that has been difficult on farms across the state.

"December was cold and windy. January was cold and windy. So far the first two weeks of February have been cold and windy," Ode said.

A long-time farmer, Ode, says he did lose one newborn calf over the winter, but he is happy with the shape his over 300 head of dairy cows are in right now. One thing he makes sure to do when the temperature swings is pay attention to the younger members of his herd.

"We do have to watch them a little bit more careful for some respiratory problems because they can't just handle being in super cold one day and then the next day being sunny and warm and they're laying outside," Ode said.

Today was the start of a warm-up that will receive a warm welcome from most area producers. Ode says he is looking forward to the mercury rising, but he says his work isn't over.

"It's wonderful when you see warmer temperatures. The stress level kind of lessens at that point, but still you got to keep on top of things," Ode said.

While he hopes Mother Nature is done with the bitter cold, Ode says he will remember one thing about this winter.

"The wind. The wind definitely. It just seems like it's never-ending," Ode said.

With the temperatures staying warm for the next few days, producers can hope that the worst days are behind them.

Ode did say that his farm didn't have to deal with a lot of snow this year. That made it easier to lay bedding down to keep the cows warm.

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