Cold weather keeps Oklahoma cattlemen busy

Friday, December 24th 2004, 4:03 pm
By: News On 6

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) _ The recent batch of subfreezing temperatures is keeping Oklahoma cattlemen busy.

When temperatures dip into the teens and single digits, farmers say the need to feed cattle more often and make sure their water source isn't frozen.

Guthrie cattleman Ernest Davis says farmers are always keeping a close eye on the weather and preparing for cold spells. That means stocking up on feed early.

He says a farmer can prevent problems during cold weather by keeping cattle well-fed throughout the year.

Davis also breaks ice on creeks or ponds every day so cattle don't try to break it themselves, fall in and drown.

He says he learned that lesson the hard way when he lost seven head during a cold spell one year.