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Delmarva Farmers Protect Livestock from Cold

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SALISBURY, Md.- We have yet to get back above freezing in this latest cold snap, and it is not just people and pets dealing with the brutal chill. Delmarva farmers are also taking extra precautions when it comes to their livestock.

Wednesday was another day in the cold for Ted Wycall's herd of cattle, at Greenbranch Organic Farm in Salisbury.

"Imagine having to stand out in the freezing cold at 10 degrees Fahrenheit and 25 mile-an-hour winds," said Wycall. "That's very uncomfortable."

Livestock may be far better equipped at handling the cold than we are, but that does not mean they don't need a little extra attention in this kind of weather.

"Probably the biggest concern is making sure that they've got water, because with these temperatures, things freeze up pretty fast," noted Wicomico County Farm Bureau President Charles Wright.

That means extra chores for farmers like Wycall.

"We have to get up earlier in the morning, go out, de-ice all the tanks, like basically just chop the ice off the top, and make sure that there's water available, and then come back again, if it never gets above freezing, and do the same thing at least one more time every day that it stays cold," he explained.

Wycall said his animals are also eating more to keep warm, and besides extra food, they need shelter from the extreme cold.

"We took all the animals out of the field, out of the pastures and put them into the woods," he noted. "And we have areas in the woods that are pretty thick. It's a pretty good wind block for them. If they can stay comfortable and get out of the weather, their health is definitely improved."

According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, there have been no reports of livestock deaths due to this cold snap. And warmer temperatures expected Thursday is welcome news for the animals and their farmers.

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