Farming in the Arctic South

As we try to thaw out from this incredibly unreal day here on the farm, we have lots to blog about…upcoming soon!

Right now it is about 14 degrees…with wind chill being even colder.  Here’s the weather warning:

BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES… A LARGE, FRIGID ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM…. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL PLUNGE TO BETWEEN 0 AND 5 DEGREES TONIGHT.

WIND CHILL READINGS WILL BE WELL BELOW ZERO TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING, WITH THE COLDEST READINGS FRIDAY MORNING EXPECTED TO BE 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO…

And here’s what we read in the handy, dandy country living book:

“Because lambs are typically born during cold weather, and because birthing is always a critical time for mothers and offspring, you need to be close by.  I remember my daddy and the sheepherder making the rounds at night with a Coleman lantern and a big quart jar of iodine to dab on the babies’ cord ends.  When sheep have babies they tend to have them all at once.  A flock of a thousand will all lamb out within 3 days or so, and it is bound to be a sleepless, exhausting time for the shepherd because he has to check the ewes every 2 hours, day and night, to give help where it’s needed.”


2 Comments

  • Carmen says:

    It’s -13 here in northern Indiana at 10:30 p.m….without windchill! Our new chicken water dish contraption broke from the fridged temps. We’ll keep ya’ll and your lambs in our thoughts and prayers.

  • BethTN says:

    We saw some of the neg. temps up there in the North! Wow!
    We have had problems with the eggs freezing and cracking.
    The temps are dropping… now my computer temp says it is 10 degrees.

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