Cattle farmer prepares for frigid temperatures

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Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Chad Darnall

CALDWELL COUNTY, Ky—A local farmer said his animals have an internal furnace, which helps keep them warm during the cold, winter nights.  However he also said it takes a lot of preparing, attention and food for them to survive during cold temperatures.

Cattle Farmer Eddie Boone has been preparing since the summer for frigid temperatures.  With the cold winter weather approaching, Boone said keeping his animals warm is his top priority. He has 32 cattle, with one main goal...shelter, especially during the cold, winter nights.

Boone said it takes years of practice to successfully raise cattle, especially when mother nature can be against you.

"You really got to watch them. They can get pneumonia on you. It has been a long time since I lost one, but it can happen to anybody, just got to watch them," said Boone.

Boone said keeping an eye on them is one of the best ways to prevent winter hardships.

"I hate them walking on the frozen ground.  Their hooves just pop, that's got to hurt... That's why i don't rush them especially on days like today," said Boone.

"It's just maintenance as long as you got plenty of hay in them and grain, they lay around and make their own heat," said Boone.

An internal furnace that Boone said gets the cows through the winter weather.

"They're making that heat from the inside and catching that sun on the outside, they're doing great," said Boone.

Boone said his cows eat about 35 to 40 pounds of hay a day.  He said the hay gives them energy which generates heat for them to survive.

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