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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's True!

Here is Tink's face after being outside for 10-15 minutes to give the 4-H calves feed. Her cheeks are not quite that rosey on a normal day.  Let's make sure our kiddos are bundled up when going outside in this severe cold weather.

I'm sure you all are also wondering about our cattle, but remember they are a tough breed, and their bodies change with the weather.  Their fur is thicker, they have been storing up fat, and we give them lots of hay to eat and straw so they can bed down with some warmth.  For the cattle on the lot, we are constantly checking waterers to make sure they don't freeze, and in this severe cold, Tall Guy cleared out one of our "alleyways" for them to have some better protected shelter.  An "alleyway" is another term for a cattle stall only many can go in and hunker down together for the night.  It seems our barn and tool shed cats also call a truce from all cat fights to cozy up together at night so they can share each other's body heat.  They also have a tremendous amount of hay and straw to bury into and help keep them warm.

It's this kind of weather that hogs, however, cannot stand.  This is just another reason why raising them inside a temperature controlled environment is so necessary.  Most large hog operations keep their buildings at 72 degrees, even when their own homes might have the thermostat set at 68 or 65. People can put on more clothes, but pigs cannot.  We country folk can get through this weather, and with the care we give to our livestock, they will be protected too.  Just like the cats, if the cows can find a sun-filled but wind protected side of a building, they will hang there and soak up some great Vitamin D.

Hope you all are staying warm and cozy during this cold snap!!

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