SIDNEY, Mont. – Ranchers in eastern Montana are preparing for another spring storm, even as they deal with damage and lost calves from the last one.
“I know a lot of people are out,” Sidney Rancher Racquel Schipman said. “If they don’t have barns, they are putting bedding in tree rows. And getting things closer back to the buildings too or just bedding things down. A lot of people had to get creative with as bad as the winds were blowing; pulling trailers up to block your corrals.”
Schipman said they lost a calf and a colt during the last storm. They also had damage to their home.
“It blew so hard, it blew snow up into the vents of our roof,” she said. “And, as it started warming up and melting, yesterday, I started seeing some water spots on our ceiling. I got nervous and thought it was our roof leaking.”
Schipman described the effort to protect the colt:
“We’d take her in and warm her back up and take her back out. We’d throw her in the tractor bucket and haul her to a warm building and get her warmed back up. And take her back out to nurse with the mare.”
In spite of Schipman’s efforts, the colt developed pneumonia. And she wasn’t able to take the colt to the vet because the roads were closed.
Another rancher 24 miles east of Sidney, in North Dakota, Jeff Severson said he is giving his animals extra feed and checking on them ahead of the storm. He cleaned out his heated shed and put down new, fresh straw.
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