Snow Day On A Dairy Farm

#Farming Friday 45: A peek into what a snowy day means for a farmer.

Farmer Bright

While everyone else is rejoicing the snow day that’s happening here, for us it simply means that life will be more difficult. Every day is work on a dairy farm, but when snow arrives with cold temperatures it can make even the easiest chore hard.The local television news crews may remind viewers to care for their dogs and cats, but a few hundred hungry bovines is a different challenge altogether.

Food and water are not necessities reserved for people. Our young calves stay inside barns and providing extra hay and water for them isn’t too tough. The older heifers that are in the elements require more. They need more to eat because that will provide them with the calories they need to stay warm.

snow cows Heifers Eating Hay in the Snow
Heifers Heifers Eating Feed

Water, water, everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink.

-The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, -Coleridge

Snow, sleet…

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2 responses to “Snow Day On A Dairy Farm

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! Those days are tough, but always worth it.

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