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Udderly frozen



Seems like you can't log on Facebook without someone whining about the weather in Central Oklahoma: "You mean it's snowing again?!?" "Saw a sprout of green growing through the pavement today, but it's just Jack Frost jacking with my mind." "Or I'm going to hunt down Punxsutawney Phil and give that furbrain a piece of my mind."

All those posters were probably curled up next to the fire, sipping hot cocoa while complaining to the virtual world. But as they were watching news reporters dip rulers into the snow accumulation, did they stop and think how tough this winter has been for Oklahoma's cows?

This weekly space may be known as Chicken-Fried News, but here's some Chicken-Fried Steak for you information junkies: Cows are freezing their udders off out there!

"Cows have been wet and cold for weeks and have lost body condition despite increased hay feeding," Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock marketing specialist, reportedly said. "Many herds are just beginning to calve and cows will likely lose more body condition rapidly once they begin lactation. Some producers are short of hay and face potentially another six weeks to eight weeks of feeding before any spring forage will be available."

That's all according to the "Winter Cannot Pass Fast Enough For Oklahoma Cattle Producers" article reported by the Cattle Network, aka "The Source for Cattle News." (We're so hoping a beefy cable channel exists in addition to this Web site. We'd tune in to "The Rump Roast Report" every week if only that show existed. But we can dream.)

And that's not all.

"The rigors of the winter may well result in poor or delayed conception rates for spring-calving cows," according to the Cattle Network.

Oh, (cold) snap!

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