Kyle Glaser, Oklahoma City, Seth Bodeen discussed on Morning Edition

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Ranchers in parts of the South and Midwest or trying to keep their livestock from freezing to death. Here's Seth Bodeen from member station K O S U The freezing temperatures have frozen water Tubbs on this farm near Oklahoma City. The ice is several inches that Kyle Glaser uses an ax to break through it to make sure his cattle have access to water. In this video recorded by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Glaser said he doesn't remember weather like this. I tried to prepare the best I could. I tried to get all the All the hay arranged where it could get to it, even if the road's got bad, and it is historic in the middle of the country. These air record cold temperatures for farmers and ranchers like Nocona cook that makes work difficult. It's physically draining it mentally draining emotionally. I mean, I told my wife the other day, it's It's terrible when we do absolutely everything we possibly can to keep these cattle warm and to keep him alive. He's been up since 3 A.m. making sure calves that were born. Don't freeze to death He uses hey is betting to keep them warm and opens up heated Barnes. Other ranchers have been putting calves in front seats of their pickup trucks. Or placing them in hot tubs at home to keep them alive. Even then, Cook says, there's only so much he can do. And you know these snow storms were coming and the winds are coming in the temperature, dropping it. You did absolutely everything you possibly can do tow Keep these cattle safe, and sometimes it's not enough. It's so cold. Some ranchers have icicles in their beards and on their noses, but they keep going. It's not just life that's at stake. It's money. Cattle are worth around $1500 apiece and frostbite or other weather related injuries make them worth less when they sell them for NPR news. I'm set Bodeen in Oklahoma City..

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