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AgDay Daily Recap -January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 7, 2014

 

FRIGID COLD:

GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS WHO IS SNOWBOUND. THAT'S A COMMON STORY FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CURRENTLY TRAPPED IN THIS DEEP AND DANGEROUS FREEZE.

DAIRY TODAY REPORT:

KEEPING WITH OUR COVERAGE OF COLD WEATHER - WHEN TEMPERATURES GET BELOW A CRITICAL TEMPERATURE, ANIMALS MUST BEGIN TO USE EXTRA ENERGY TO STAY WARM.
A LIVESTOCK SPECIALIST FROM NORTH DAKOTA STATE SAYS THE CRITICAL TEMPERATURE FOR CATTLE DEPENDS ON THEIR HAIR COAT. FROM FALL TO MIDWINTER, THE HAIR COAT CONTINUES TO GROW AND THE CRITICAL TEMPERATURE FOR CATTLE DECREASES.  WITH A HEAVY WINTER COAT, THE CRITICAL TEMPERATURE FOR CATTLE IS AROUND 18 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. BELOW THAT TEMPERATURE, THE ENERGY DEMANDS FOR A COW TO MAINTAIN HER BODY TEMPERATURE INCREASE. WITH TEMPERATURES IN THIS STORM REACHING BELOW MINUS 30 IN NORTHER TIER STATES, LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS NEED TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO THEIR MANAGEMENT SCHEMES TO PROTECT THEIR CATTLE. SOMETIMES IT'S JUST A MATTER OF INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF FEED. BUT IF IT'S POOR-QUALITY FEED IT MAY NOT GIVE THE CATTLE THE BOOST THEY NEED DURING COLD SPELLS.

CROP WATCH:

LET'S CHECK IN WITH CINDI CLAWSON WHO IS FILLING IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN. GOOD MORNING CINDI. A TOUGH FEW DAYS FOR LOTS OF PEOPLE AND LIVESTOCK.

TAMING MOTHER NATURE:

IT'S A BIT IRONIC THAT ON THE HEELS OF A BLIZZARD, WE ARE STARTING A NEW SERIES CALLED TAMING MOTHER NATURE.  DEALING WITH WEATHER EXTREMES JUST COMES WITH THE JOB WHEN YOU'RE A FARMER. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT GETS EASIER AS the YEARS GO ON. WHILE IT'S FUELED THE COMMODITY MARKET THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, FARMERS' EMOTIONS HAVE BEEN ON A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. BUT IF FARMERS CAN KEEP THEIR EMOTIONS IN CHECK, IT OFTEN PAYS OFF IN THE END.

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