How do dairy farmers keep milk flowing when temperatures plummet?
That was the question The Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Bettes wanted to answer. Bettes and producer Christina Glowacki headed to the University of Wisconsin’s dairy research center to find out more.
University of WisconsinMike Bettes (left) looks on as University of Wisconsin herd manager Mike Peters (right) talks about the nutritional needs of dairy herds in Arctic weather. During his visit to the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Bettes met with University of Wisconsin dairy herd manager Mike Peters to talk about how animals fare in cold – or hot – weather.
Peters emphasized the steps taken by assure animal care and comfort in extreme weather, including extra feed and access to water. He explained to Bettes that for staff at the dairy research center, like dairymen from across the country, there is no such thing as a snow day.
“Our employees will get here to take care of the cows no matter how bad the weather is,” he said.
Bettes was also given a hands-on experience during his visit, including a lesson in milking. The meteorologist took to the job quickly and was impressed with the every-day demands required of dairy farmers regardless of the extreme weather conditions.
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