Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…
I always think of this quote every time that we prepare for a bad storm. Mother Nature has a wonderful way of keeping me humble, and keeping my world in perspective. With Winter Storm Q currently hitting our area, we are glad that we spent the first part of the week preparing. The goal is to never interrupt good animal care and that takes planning in the event of a large winter storm.
So, how do we prepare for a winter storm on the Feed Yard Foodie farm?
- Check cattle feed supplies to ensure that we have several days of feed “on site” and easy to get to.
- Check the water tanks to make sure that each one is operational and in good repair going into the storm.
- Check both generators to make sure that we can hook them up quickly and easily to provide needed electricity if we loose power.
- Check the equipment (feed trucks, tractors, pay loaders) to make sure that all of them are full of fuel and ready to run in order to move snow and keep the feeding system operational.
- Park all necessary equipment inside the shop or the feeding barn to ensure that it is more likely to start when you turn the key.
- Change the cattle ration (casserole) that we feed to our animals to include more forage/roughage which helps them to generate heat from within and stay warm despite poor weather.
- Make sure that everyone knows the plan so there is little disruption to the regular routine.
- Adjust schedules so that there will not be any cattle traveling to or from your farm during the storm. No matter how bad it is on the farm, it is worse out on the roads!
- Pray that God will help you in your chores and keep your crew safe.
- Remember that the sun will eventually come out and things will get better.
While I am anal about preparing the feed yard for a storm, sometimes I forget to go to the store and stock up my own kitchen. Fortunately, I have an organized teenager who isn’t shy about reminding me to feed her too!