North Dakota snowstorm hits during calving season


North Dakota snowstorm hits during calving season

Spring 2022 snowstorm in North Dakota – Photo by Haley Robison-North Dakota Farm Bureau

A spring snowstorm throws heavy, wet snow across much of North Dakota. State Farm Bureau President Daryl Lies told Brownfield the storm had moved in from the southwest and was not expected to abate until Thursday. “We’re hearing reports of anywhere from 12 to 20 inches of snow in that area down there. We’re already at 15 to 20 in areas of central North Dakota and it’s still snowing and still blowing hard.”

Daryl lies

Lies says he spent an hour clearing a short path through 30-inch drifts to feed cattle and the sustained winds are already blowing him shut.

He says it’s calving time, but the producers have prepared as best they can. “No matter what, when you have calves even that are a month old, this type of weather is tough on them. They know that space in the barn becomes an issue and space in the calf shed.”

Lies says there have been some livestock losses, but with much of North Dakota still suffering from drought, he’s hoping the snow will melt and provide some much-needed soil moisture. “Tell you what, it’s just as if not more difficult having to sell this herd unless we get some moisture, so it’s a double-edged sword, but at the end of the day it’ll be a blessing, I hope.”

He says farmers and ranchers would have had a few days to transport animals, feed them and create some windbreaks so they were as prepared as possible before the storm hit. “I’ve had producers say they’ve moved their ice fishing houses next to their barns so they can use them not only as a place to sleep close to the animals, but also as a warming room for the calves and their animals to do what they need to do to.” to make the best of this situation.”

Before the storm, Lies says he traveled 40 miles to Minot to shop for groceries ahead of the storm and found that everyone had stocked up ahead of the storm and heeded the warnings. “The eggs were gone. The potatoes, there were no potatoes in the store. There were about five or six cans of milk and I got one of the last ones there.” North Dakota snowstorm hits during calving season

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