WEST ALEXANDRIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Snow covered fields and frozen equipment add up to double the amount of work at Crowe Farms in West Alexandria.
“Tractors are not starting to put feed in, gates are frozen down, and water lines are frozen,” explained Gwen Crowe, who is co-owner of the farm.
The Crowe family recently returned to their farm from a stock show in Denver, where it was much warmer.
“These subzero temperatures were a frigid welcome home, but there is no such thing as a snow day at the farm,” said Gwen. “When its cold cattle consume more water and feed. It takes more of that for them to have the energy to stay warm.”
The Crowe’s also need to check their cattle more often when its this cold, especially those that are pregnant.
“In a 24-hour period we try to check them every two hours. A calve would only survive 20 minutes in this deep freeze and even the barn can get too cold too,” explained Gwen.
“We’ve been known to take them into a climate controled room. We’ve also taken them in the house. whatever it takes. This is our livlihood so when one dies that just cuts into our income dramatically.”