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Women in Ag: Battling the Cold

The temps here in Illinois have been ruthless the last couple of weeks. We are used to cold here, but I don't think anyone ever gets used to subzero temperatures. Especially not the livestock.

I know my urban friends understand that farmers take care of their livestock by keeping them warm in the winter, but I'm not sure if they truly understand how much work that can be. Battling weeks of cold is a losing battle more often than not. Everything seems to break in the cold: water tanks freeze up, branches fall onto fences, doors/gates freeze shut, etc. 
One of the most impressive signs I have seen that remind us how truly cold it is outside is our eggs. These are eggs from our totally enclosed coop complete with heat lamps. It had been 2 hours since I last checked for eggs, and they were already frozen solid. Yet again, it seems as though I am fighting a losing battle.
Best of luck to my fellow farmers out there battling these temps! Summer is right around the corner, right?
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