By Russ Quinn
DTN Staff Reporter
OMAHA (DTN) — Last week, Mike Manion was busy trying to keep baby calves alive as winter maintained its icy grip on much of the Midwest. The Hemingford, Nebraska, rancher and cattle feeder was rotating calves into barns and hot boxes and then letting them outside once they were strong enough to survive.
“With it being this cold, we are checking them every two hours,” Manion told DTN last Thursday. “The conditions are just making it a little more difficult.”
Cattlemen across much of the Midwest and Northern Plains have been facing difficult weather conditions so far during this traditional calving month of March. Cattle with poorer body conditions, in particular, are having issues calving in weather that is more like winter than spring.
And while temperatures have begun to rise somewhat in the lower Midwest this week, the winter weather isn’t over yet for some parts of the country, such as South Dakota.