Extreme cold and calving
The bitter cold has had an impact on young livestock. We're just starting to enter the calving and lambing season across the Great Plains. That was USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. And based on information reported by USDA and asked for the weekend in February 21st of the states that are reporting, we see calving ranging from three percent of the animals in Montana to 14 percent in New Mexico. NASS numbers show a similar picture for lambing, with three percent in Montana to 19 percent in New Mexico. And that's in particular where the struggle has been trying to keep those young animals alive as they have been hit by cold that they, of course, never have been exposed to. And on the southern plains, where they were also hit with the double whammy of the bitter cold and the back to back snowstorms, he says power outages and water shortages exacerbated the difficulties, but he adds that conditions have improved.