By the Beef Cattle Research Council
For Tyler and Nancy Haraga, March 10, 2018, will forever stand out in their minds.
“It was forty below with four to five feet of snow,” recalls Tyler. It had been a brutal winter, with unrelenting cold and record snowfall that persisted into March and spring simply refused to come.
In order to give their expected calves a fighting chance against the cold, the Haragas brought in heavy equipment to clear snow off a large area and packed it with clean, dry straw.
As the cold continued and the calves began to come, Tyler started to notice a few sick calves. “There were a couple with scours, and we never have had scours,” says Tyler, who attributed it to the unusually harsh conditions.
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