SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) – The cold has caused everyone to alter their typical daily routine, including farmers and their livestock.
With the wind chill dropping as low as -40, John Lang has been busy keeping his livestock warm on his South Beloit Family Farm. The low temperatures have presented him with a challenge—preventing his pigs and steer from freezing.
“We do chores twice a day, every day. When it’s this cold, we tend to do them a little bit later in the morning and a little bit earlier in the afternoon so we aren’t in the cold weather for ourselves,” Lang said.
One of Lang’s sows, or mother pigs, gave birth to a litter of piglets just four days ago. Right now, heat lamps are keeping the environment around the newborns at 65 degrees. Lang also checks up on the heat and water a few times a day to see if they are still working.
“We’ve been lucky. We haven’t had any pipes freeze or any water lines freeze within the buildings that we have so we’re counting our blessings.”
Along with the heating lamps, Lang makes sure all of his animals have enough feed, water and dry straw.
“The water is probably as important in this weather as it is the food. Just like us humans, if we get dehydrated or if a pig gets dehydrated, the chance of getting sick is going to be a lot greater.”
Although most of us are finding it difficult to fight through the wind and cold, farmers like Lang are breezing through the weather like any other day.
According to the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau, the biggest concern is actually with dairy farmers and their calves. However, there have been no reports of any livestock deaths in the area due to the either.