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Local Cattle Survive The Cold

Most residents were able to bring their outside cats and dogs inside their homes this week to protect them from the frigid temperatures. But—what about our local cattle farmers? Not likely to see them bring these thousand pound mammals inside their heated houses.
 
“The cold wind was a factor. We had to make sure that they had plenty to eat and try to get them water,” Carroll County farmer Elizabeth Coggins talking about her own experience this week. “We had trouble with our watering troughs—we had to bust the ice to make sure they had something to drink. That was the biggest challenge. And we gave them hay and range cubes and made sure they had plenty of minerals. They did fairly well.”
 
Coggins admits it is a lot of extra work to make sure the cows make it through the cold.
She says her farm does have an area in the pasture where the cows were able to get out of the wind.
 
“The cold wind and the rain is really what affects them more than anything else. They have to use so much of their energy to keep warm that a lot of times they’ll lose weight,” she said. “Some of our cattle have calves on them that were not quite as fat as some of the others—we actually brought them in and gave them some extra feed and some extra hay so they could make it through this cold weather.”
 
Coggins says all of her cattle did survive the cold this week.
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