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Ohio farmer keeps critters warm the old fashioned way

Friday, Jan 03, 2014 - 00:53

Jan. 3 - On Dave Linkhart's Ohio farm, calves and other critters stay out of the worst winter cold the old fashioned way -- with hay, water and bedding. Mana Rabiee reports.

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On Dave Linkhart's Ohio farm, things still get done the old fashioned way. Hot water to break open the ice in the watering trough. SOUNDBITE: FARMER DAVE LINKHART SAYING: "It was frozen on top this morning but they still had a hole worked in the middle and there was still water available." Like much of the Midwest and Northeast, his calves are facing bitterly cold temperatures. SOUNDBITE: FARMER DAVE LINKHART, WALKING ALONG SNOW AND SAYING: "You can tell how cold it is by what sound the snow makes. The colder it is the more of that crunch." But Dave says good old fashioned techniques are just fine for keeping his cattle out of the worst of the cold. SOUNDBITE: FARMER DAVE LINKHART SAYING: "They're adaptive to the weather. You keep them well fed, watered, bedding, a place out of the wind, they're fine." There are other critters, too, on the farm. The buffalo, they love this weather, but the pigs have to be kept indoors. And the chickens, well, they prefer their coop during these wintery days on Dave Linkhart's Ohio farm.

Ohio farmer keeps critters warm the old fashioned way

Friday, Jan 03, 2014 - 00:53

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