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Maintaining livestock during severe weather....
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SusieQ    Posted 01-24-2005 at 03:35:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Makes me wonder how many cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep will perish during such a storm....We use to have a light bulb in chicken coop to keep it from freezing, so what does everyone do to make sure livestock is ok?

Willy-N    Posted 01-24-2005 at 07:22:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lots of water, feed and shelter from the wind. Heat if nesasary. A neibor Rancher lost 150 head in a big snow storm we had once! The snow drifted in so bad he could not get out to his hay and the cold and winds frose calves and cattle right where they were standing. They lost over 1/2 there herd being snowed in for over 3 weeks on there place. This is one reason I built a big barn so I could store all the hay I need for a bad winter and it also gives them shelter if needed. I also have portable Water Tanks to pervide water with if the lines freeze up or the well breaks along with a good Generator & Extra Fuel to run pumps and Trough Heaters with. Mark H.

Hawk    Posted 01-24-2005 at 04:00:30       [Reply]  [No Email]

in the late 20`s in north west Arkansas during a bitter winter my grandparents, being poor farmers with a house full of little kids brought all the livestock that they could into the house with them.

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