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·         Texas ranchers scramble to keep animals alive in unusual cold

… The deaths of baby cows in the top U.S. cattle state and struggles to care for surviving livestock are the latest challenges for ranchers who over the past year have dealt with COVID-19 cutting demand for meat at restaurants and shuttering slaughterhouses…

 

·         Farmers lose livestock (OK)

… area farmers are fighting frozen water tanks and cold shelters as they do what they can to keep livestock from freezing to death…

 

·         Texas livestock industry reels from storm, outages

Exposure and frozen pipes threaten cattle; dairy farmers are forced to dump milk after plant shutdowns

 

·         Farmer who ‘loved his cattle’ dies trying to save calf in icy pond, Arkansas cops say

… couldn’t find Roberts at the house, but he spotted his truck parked by the pond…

 

 

Texas ranchers scramble to keep animals alive in unusual cold

 

By Tom Polansek, Reuters  

February 18, 2021

 

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Texas ranchers worked overtime to haul water and hay to cattle to keep them alive during a freak winter storm, but some cows have already succumbed to unusual icy temperatures that also killed chickens, idled meat plants and threatened crops.

 

The deaths of baby cows in the top U.S. cattle state and struggles to care for surviving livestock are the latest challenges for ranchers who over the past year have dealt with COVID-19 cutting demand for meat at restaurants and shuttering slaughterhouses.

 

In Texas, home to more than 13 million cattle, ranchers said they are spending long, cold hours breaking up ice in water tanks and on frozen ponds so animals have something to drink. Icy conditions have turned diesel fuel into a useless gel in tractors. Ranchers said they are using gasoline-powered pickup trucks to transport hay that cattle can eat and use for warm bedding.

 

Kaylin Isbell, a rancher in Florence, Texas, said a few cows and sheep had died after birth. Babies are particularly vulnerable to the shock of the cold when they leave their mothers’ warm wombs covered in fluid. Isbell said her mother-in-law took newly born sheep into a spare bedroom in her home to keep them warm...

 

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-cattle-idUSKBN2AI1K3

 

 

Farmers lose livestock

 

By Mindy Ragan Wood, The Norman Transcript (OK)

Feb 17, 2021

 

Norman area farmers are fighting frozen water tanks and cold shelters as they do what they can to keep livestock from freezing to death.

 

Local psychologist Dr. Patrick O’Brien has lost several calves due to the storm.

 

With 250 cattle stretched out between the Norman area and Wanette, snow and freezing weather has made calving season more deadly, O’Brien said.

 

“When a cow has a calf, she doesn’t call the hospital, she just does it there, and we’ve lost three baby calves,” O’Brien said. “We’ve had some with their ears frozen and tails frozen, and their feet frozen. Just this morning we had six 700-pound calves that fell in a pond. So, we had to drag those out and two of them died so far.

 

“We’ve got four in a big barn, trying to thaw them out. It’s been a tough deal. The snow is bad enough, but these frigid temperatures have been a real mess.”

 

Joe Carter, veterinarian and owner of Oklahoma Equine Hospital, said the biggest problem farmers and ranchers face right now is frozen water...

 

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https://www.normantranscript.com/news/farmers-lose-livestock/article_8a5520ec-7178-11eb-a667-d335a6d25043.html

 

 

Texas livestock industry reels from storm, outages

Exposure and frozen pipes threaten cattle; dairy farmers are forced to dump milk after plant shutdowns

 

By Jacob Bunge, The Wall Street Journal

via Fox Business - Feb 17, 2021

 

Bitter cold and power outages have created a crisis for some Texan farms and ranches, leaving livestock dead from exposure and raising fears that herds could run short of food and water.

 

Forced shutdowns of plants that process milk and make animal feed are disrupting the state’s agricultural supply chains, industry executives said. Some farmers are being forced to dump tankers of milk on fields because it can’t be processed, and state agriculture officials feared livestock may have to be euthanized if they cannot be watered and fed.

 

“No feed, no water, and no heat doesn’t make for a good situation,” said Sid Miller, Texas agriculture commissioner. Mr. Miller on Tuesday said he was urging state utilities to restore electricity to rural areas—some of which he said had gone without power for more than 30 hours straight—while fielding calls from cattlemen losing calves to the cold and poultry farmers struggling with frozen water pipes...

 

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https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/storm-power-outages-create-chaos-for-texas-livestock-industry

 

 

Farmer who ‘loved his cattle’ dies trying to save calf in icy pond, Arkansas cops say

 

By Chacour Koop, The Kansas City Star

February 17, 2021

 

A farmer who “loved his cattle” died trying to save a calf trapped in an icy pond, Arkansas officials say.

 

Jessie Roberts, 69, fell into a frozen pond on his property in Magazine after attempting to rescue the calf from the frozen water, according to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

 

A friend went searching for Roberts at his home Wednesday, officials say. The friend couldn’t find Roberts at the house, but he spotted his truck parked by the pond. After friends and family failed to locate Roberts, they asked the sheriff’s office for help.

 

During the search, which included an “overwhelming response” from concerned Magazine residents, Roberts’ body and the dead calf were discovered...

 

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https://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article249325225.html