Cold, cold, and more cold!


Thought it might be time to update a little here. As most of you are well aware this has been an unusually cold winter. I don’t have statistics in front of me but I think that I can safely say that since December 1 we have had fewer then 10 days that have reached 30degrees F. This extended period of cold, coupled with last weeks “polar vortex” which drove temperatures to -30 with -60 wind chills has made it more challenging then normal to keep people and animals warm and happy while keeping equipment running, but so far we are doing pretty well. We are hoping that this upcoming weeks mini “vortex” is a little nicer to us!!

Calf coats and lots of dry fluffy wheat straw help our calves battle the cold

Calf coats and lots of dry fluffy wheat straw help our calves battle the cold

One of my favorite calves, nonstandard Holstein coloring coupled with a very spunky personality!!

At work blowing heat below waters trying to thaw out water pipes

At work blowing heat below waters trying to thaw out water pipes

We spent the better part of three days last week keeping water flowing everywhere we needed it.

The home place

The home place

Cold and snow….with more of both on the way!!

Think warm thoughts!!

Think warm thoughts!!

I will leave you with this…Think warm thoughts!!

One small item of note, you can now follow us on twitter, @theo_farms or on Facebook, facebook.com/scholzefamilyfarm.

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3 Responses to Cold, cold, and more cold!

  1. Anita says:

    Calves are so cute all decked out in their winter coats! I remember keeping them fed, watered and warm during the coldest part of winter- always a challenge!

  2. dan says:

    Are your water lines (for the waterers) underground? How far down to they go to avoid the freeze?

  3. tmscholze says:

    Dan,

    Yes our water lines are underground, typically 4′ down gets you below the frost line, however in this particular spot we are about 6′ down. We have a open well beneath the waterer that the lines come up and feed the waters, the lines froze in this area. Typically the heat from the waterer is enough to keep them from freezing, however we had some days that were colder then -20 plus wind chills, so we froze up a couple of days!!

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