So harvest is finished and now you are done farming for the year right? For some this may be the case, but if you have livestock on your farm you are one of those 7 days a week, 365 days a year kind of farmers.
If you are one of those lucky farm families that get to work through all four wonderful seasons Mother Nature has to offer, you most likely will be feeding the horses and checking on the hogs in blizzard-like conditions while trenching through 3 foot of snow. This may sound like an exaggeration to some but many of us know exactly what that is like. In an effort to keep your family safe during the upcoming winter months here are some tips:
- Wear warm, loose fitting layers, with the outside layer water repellent
- Wear mittens instead of gloves if possible, they keep your fingers warmer
- Cover your head and ears as they lose heat the fastest
- Stay dry
- Don’t drink alcohol, it causes you to lose heat faster
- Watch for frostbite and hypothermia
Children require additional supervision and a watchful eye in the winter. Kids will keep playing no matter how cold they get. Encourage them to come inside to warm up frequently. Winter can be a beautiful and fun time of the year to enjoy the farm, if precautions are taken to prevent the cold from endangering those who are experiencing its glory.