BEEF Poll: How Would You Rank This Winter’s Severity?

If you live east of the Rocky Mountains and north of the Gulf Coast, you have probably had enough of this winter. This week’s online poll at beefmagazine.com is: “How would you rank this winter’s severity?” Leave your thoughts in the comment section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Mar 19, 2014

Here in northwestern Iowa we had bitter cold but not a lot of snow totals. Cows were able to stay on stalks for a few months. With 30 below temps I was supplementing the cows with corn or alfalfa here and there along with protein tubs. Just about lost one old cow, she did abort her calf too.

Anonymous
on Mar 12, 2014

Warm, dry, and `windy here in SW New Mexico. Not much in the way of winter precip.

on Mar 12, 2014

It's been very costly here in central Montana in terms of the feed required to get from
December 15 through to spring

Anonymous
on Mar 12, 2014

The eastern Colorado plains has seen more extreme cold than we are use to. The amount of feed it has taken to keep livestock healthy has been expensive. We do not miss the 15 foot snow drifts we had in the 90's. Not enough snow to ever worry about. It is only March - it can still happen.

Anonymous
on Mar 12, 2014

In south Texas, not that bad. We received much needed rainfall, cows doing well on winter pasture. Fixin to cut hay on xs rye and oats

Anonymous
on Mar 12, 2014

This winter has made me realize that calving in January and February just does not make any sense. We will find out this year which cows can breed in June heat.

Anonymous
on Mar 12, 2014

very very cool in northern minnesota over 70 days below zero so far this winter

Anonymous
on Mar 12, 2014

ONE OF THE WORST WINTERS WE'VE EXPERIENCED. LOST SOME OLDER COWS FROM THE EXTREME COLD, SNOW, ICE, ECT. FED MORE FORAGE & GRAIN THAN EVER. ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, A REALLY BAD WINTER.

Anonymous
on Mar 10, 2014

what is winter if it is a time of no feed growth to me the summer of 1980 was a lot worse

Anonymous
on Mar 9, 2014

More cold and snow than normal, but I prefer frozen conditions over rain and mud every year. Well fed cattle do well in sub-freezing weather as long as hair coats are dry.

Anonymous
on Mar 8, 2014

Here in the desert southwest we've been under a high pressure dome all winter. It's been very warm. We've never seen anything like it...but also very dry.

Anonymous
on Mar 8, 2014

Been a cold one in South Dakota, not the worst but a long one, some days were brutal below temps with windchills -33 below at times. First part of calving , every of calf born inside and even some of them froze ears In a shed completely insulated from top to bottom. Then warmed up good, then back to frigid temps.
Hope the nasty cold over with for this spring.

Anonymous
on Mar 8, 2014

Worst winter I've ever seen in Missouri (11 days below zero, heavy snows with four foot drifts, ice, etc.). I know my friends in North Dakota, Alberta, etc. are used to it... but this is southern Missouri!!! (I do know what cold really is, suffering through -74 in Alberta in 1991). God is good however. We are so glad that this winter did not follow our severe drought of 2012, when I started buying hay in August 'cause our fields were bare. 2013 was actually a record hay year for us, and I'm still feeding what I put up last summer and fall.
One thing is for sure though, we will really enjoy Spring... when and if it comes!
(Just checked outside...more sleet and ice... woo hoo...)

Anonymous
on Mar 8, 2014

NE GA: Fed and feeding a lot more hay than normal and still waiting on grass to grow. Seems like putting out hay is all I have done since November.Got a lot hay, but a lot of it that could be used to make chipboard and OSB.Cold wet muddy and 30-40 mph windy is tough on the cows and harder on the help than it used to be when I was 30 years younger but I remember several winters with just as cold temperatures in 60s,70s,80s, and 2011, I don't recall ice being on the ponds for 3 weeks straight before though. Salute to you folks up north and west for surviving what seems to be weeks of high temps below 25 degrees. Intown Inlaws tell me they have run out of room to push snow in Ohio and New Jersey. Probably not over yet and spring will likely be rough one for tornadoes with the clippers dropping in on warm humid air. Hope I'm wrong about that prediction!

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

It was bitter cold and the snow has been on the ground since Nov. in the wooded fields , it has taken a lot of hay and grain to keep the cattle in body condition . I dont know how I would of been able to of chored if I hadn't of had a front wheel asist tractor even then it would spin out some times and have to back up and hit it again . Am 74 and lived on this centery + 34 year farm all my life, yes this has been a bad one of several in that length of time .

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

In new york the bitter wind and snow was tough on cows,but the Hereford cows done very well.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

Here in SE Ohio our cows haven't seen any mud until this week. It was a treat putting out hay on the frozen ground.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

It's been below normal temps here since Oct. and above normal precip. I'd say it ranks in the top 5 worst. 33 calves born since Oct. and lost 3, first lose of a calf in about 3 years. Looks like some small grains may have froze out.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

For us in the mountain west - "it ain't over yet" - ask me around the 15th of May.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

Much colder than usual.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

Here in central Alabama it has been colder than in the past couple of years. While we have had 3 winter precip events, one of which halted commerce for two days, the biggest thing for us has been mud. It has seemed to rain every three days.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

This winter was more like the winters when I was a growing up in the 1960's.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

In middle Georgia four events of frozen precipitation with 3 days of single digit temps is tough winter especially following worst hay crop in 30 years

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

I like the fact that the ground stayed frozen and the cows were able to stay cleaner. The cows ate quite a bit more to stay warm but they seem to keep better condition in the cold than in other years where the weather was warmer and sloppy. Hopefully we will benefit from the cold with less insect populations. Farmers Almanac predicts a hot and dry summer so get your Mycorrhizae on your pastures for greater root development and increase drought tolerance.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

It has been nice having no mud but the toll on the cow herd is visible. Definitely one of the worst in regards to extreme temps in central Illinois.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

After a few warm dry winters a normal one seems harsh, but looking at the numbers this winter is actually slightly warmer/dryer than average.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

Northern Minnesota. Average temp in Dec was 1, average temp in Jan was 0. Feb was 3.
With lots of snow and wind. Worst winter in my book.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

We have had MANY snows but no BIG ones (6" was the largest). The WIND and COLD were, lets say EXTREME! But what is AVERAGE (not an Olympic average) than taking these extremes and mellowing them out. These outliers make average what it is. Ask a farmer about Climate Change and he will reply, "Its been going on all my life and my fathers, and my grandfathers and... we adapt"

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

Rough on the Cow / Calf operator big time

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

Coldest here in a long time, but nice the ground stayed frozen.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

Wet and cold. Calving in North Georgia in January has been a challenge. Single digit temperatures and snow not the normal winter.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

Reminds me of the winters in the 70's and early 80's

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

I have never seen 3 snows and a light sleet in one winter and I'm 48 years old.

Anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014

We had mild open winter here in SW Kansas as far as snow. Very cold temps

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