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Freezing temperatures present problems for farmers

Posted at: 01/24/2013 12:15 PM
Updated at: 01/24/2013 1:35 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi

The Capital Region and many parts around the country are still shivering, having woken up to bitter cold temperatures again.

The below zero temperatures are challenging and can be dangerous for people who have to work outside all day.

NewsChannel 13 went to a dairy farm Thursday morning in Saratoga County, where the day began at 3a.m. while the temperature was 17 below zero.

Below zero temperatures bring new challenges when you're busy caring for 500 cows.

Hoses freeze, delaying the milking process and machinery easily breaks down.

The animals also start to act differently; cows don’t like to eat in frigid temperatures.

While Patrick Killian keeps an eye on the adult cows, his wife Laura checks on the babies.

They're in hutches, some covered with blankets.

And in between, they're constantly replacing water in buckets, at these low temperatures it freezes within an hour.

Patrick, Laura and their employee’s will be out in these temperatures for over twelve hours.