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Ranchers Feed Cows More During Winter

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It's cold and snowy now, and it's only going to get worse in the hours ahead. The forecast is for wind chills of forty to fifty below zero tonight across North Dakota. People can turn up the thermostat to stay warm, but cattle will be spending the night outside.

When winter weather gets this extreme, ranchers feed their livestock more to help them produce enough energy to keep from freezing. That means an extra five-to eight-pounds of hay and grain a day for calves and an additional ten-to-fifteen pounds for cows.

"The cows have really put on a lot of weight this fall, their in really good shape and the better shape the cows are in the better they can handle the bad weather," says David Doll, New Salem.

Providing barriers that keep livestock out of the wind is another option ranchers use to help cattle weather the extreme cold.

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