Spare a kind thought for livestock producers

Cold, snowy winters are tough enough for those of us who live They’re vastly more difficult for people who raise livestock.

I speak from personal knowledge, from my days as a farm kid on a beef cow-calf operation in central North Dakota.  I remember feeding cattle on bitterly cold days, the wind whipping through multiple layers of clothes. I remember worrying whether huge snowdrifts would prevent us from even reaching the cattle. I remember how exhausting it is to fight the snow and cold.

Yeah, I know. Trudging through the cold and snow to the parking lot to start our cars is no fun. I complain about it, too. Just remember that livestock producers have it far worse.

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