Winter Weather Causes “Frustrating” Calving Season for Local Ranchers

Brad Gambill and his men spend seven days a week tending to their cattle. The cold and snow of this February during calving season has made it more difficult.

Colter Glendy, who works with Gambill, put it simply...“It’s a challenge.”

Calving season is in full swing for many area ranchers, and while the bitterly cold winter weather has put a strain on those who work out in the elements - and the animals they care for - it looks like it’s here to stay.

No break in the cold temperatures, combined lots of snow on the ground, has “definitely caused some hardships” for ranchers who are struggling to keep newborn calves alive and healthy, said veterinarian Chere Stephen, of Sandhills Animal Health Center in Ainsworth.

“I feel really bad for (the ranchers),” Stephen said. “Just trying to get (calves) in and keep them alive... it’s really tough.”

Calving in cold weather like what this area has seen lately is “frustrating” and “mentally exhausting” for ranchers, she said. They have to be especially vigilant, constantly checking for newborn calves or cows that are about to calve, and getting them inside to warm up.

 

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