Caring For Livestock In A Cold Snap

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You’re probably taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe from these bitter wind chills. 

But some people have an even bigger crowd to watch over during this cold snap. 

Parker area farmer and rancher Walt Bones has a lot of cattle to care for in this arctic blast. 

While he calls them “amazingly adaptive” animals…

“We try to help them out in anyway we can. Number one we want to make sure they have good, clean fresh water; make sure they’ve got good nutritious feed,” Walt Bones said. 

Adjusting what they eat will give them more energy on these frigid days. 

He’s also trying to fight the wind. 

“So we’ve got some artificial wind breaks; we’ve got some of the cattle behind tree groves,” Bones said.

The cold isn’t catching Bones off guard. It’s something he’s been preparing for. 

He and his crew have already cleaned out the pens and added new bedding, which will help keep the herd dry. 

“As long as we can keep them dry they can withstand a lot of cold weather. Once they get wet it’s completely different,” Bones said. 

The weather comes with its challenges.

In fact, a water hydrant had to be thawed Tuesday morning. 

But the bitter cold and wind are things Bones and his cattle have experienced before. 

“I can remember wind chills this cold and colder so yeah we just compensate, we adjust a few things, and we just keep on going,” Bones said. 

If you have small pets at home like dogs or cats, you’ll want to keep them safe from the cold too. 

Experts say if you can you should bring them inside.

If not, you should make sure they have a dry enclosure that keeps them out of the wind. 

They also need fresh water to drink.

Click here for more pet safety tips. 
 

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