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Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




On the job during the frigid winter

By Gary Joiner

Freezing temperatures. Bone-chilling winds. Old Man Winter has arrived in the Lone Star State.

But the harsh winter variables are just a part of farming and ranching.

Chores must still be done, like putting out hay and feed. Range cubes, liquid feed and alfalfa provide extra nutrition that help livestock maintain appropriate body temperatures.

Ranchers even break ice in tanks and water troughs. Sometimes multiple times a day.

They check on livestock, especially those that are heavy bred. This critical time in livestock production means more frequent trips to the pasture to keep an eye on newborns.

And farmers monitor their crops, hoping the freeze doesn’t kill the plants before they have a chance to grow.

It’s cold days. Long hours. And extra layers of clothes.

Winter is tough on all of us, but farmers and ranchers still brave the bitter temperatures and biting winds of the polar vortex.

Eventually the warm sunshine will return. And the stress of winter will subside.

The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.

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