No Snow Days for the American Farmer

NO SNOW DAYS FOR THE AMERICAN FARMER

PTH_960x960_InfoGraphic_SnowDay For the majority of Midwesterners, the past few days have been some of the coldest in recent years. This week's winter storm brought with it dangerously low temperatures, windchill factors reaching -60 degrees and increased amounts of snow. While schools and businesses close, and snow plows are out in full force, for the American farmer it's "business as usual," or an "extra pair of gloves"-type of morning. Our hats are off to the men and women who have no choice but to brave the extreme cold to ensure the safety of their animals. [caption id="attachment_2091" align="aligncenter" width="291"]Missouri Hog Farmer, Todd Geisert, gives new meaning to the phrase, "It's a little frosty outside." Missouri Hog Farmer, Todd Geisert, gives new meaning to the phrase, "It's a little frosty outside."[/caption] For some, the thought of leaving animals outside during the cold weather seems unnatural. But as more and more Americans become further removed from the traditional rural way of life, some forget that every animal has adapted to its environment in different ways. People are told that human comforts are the only way to guarantee animal comfort, but fail to remember that animals were designed much differently than humans. For many of us, this seems like basic, elementary school-level knowledge, but some animal rights activists refuse to listen to scientific reasoning, and I don't mind pointing out that they're wrong. Animals have been given the abilities to adapt to withstand the cold. For instance, cows don't need to use energy to stay warm until the temperatures drop below 18 degrees, and at that point, simply eating more increases their core body temperature. However, no animal is immune to the weather, and farmers still have to take great care of their livestock to ensure the extreme cold doesn't get the best of them. Bringing livestock indoors is not an option when you have 1,000 head of cattle, or sometimes even 20 for that matter. Additional food and water, extra bedding, and finding natural wind breaks are all part of a farmers attempt to make sure their livestock make it through the winter months. You can learn more about cold weather livestock care, here. Giving thanks to our American farmers shouldn't come simply on a cold winter morning, or a drought-stricken summer, but everyday that we enjoy the fruits of their labor. Take time today and share a message of encouragement to the American agriculture community, and thank them for working as hard as they do to produce the food that provides the essential daily nutrients all American families rely on. You can join in by Retweeting the message below on Twitter:

We're thankful for the American farmers who have no choice, but to brave the extreme cold front to care for their livestock #ThankAFarmer — Protect The Harvest (@ProtectHarvest) January 5, 2014

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