It’s no secret that U.S. weather patterns have become more erratic recently. It could be 70 degrees and sunny one week and 25 degrees and snowy the week after—and while you’re cursing the weatherman for the sudden drop in temperature, your livestock is cursing you for letting their water troughs freeze up.
And while you’re probably wondering what a cow looks like with her tongue frozen to a bucket of water, know that it’s not a pretty situation to deal with.
This year, be prepared for weather of all kinds so that your livestock, your crops, and your family make it through the winter whole.
Throw a Log on the Fire
There’s no better way to keep your family (both two-legged and four-legged) happy in the cold winter than by keeping them warm. But the problem is often a big one: how do you find a cheap source of fuel to light the lamps and make sure they stay lit?
Here’s a solution: find farm fuel tanks for sale. Fuel tanks with the ability to hitch to your pickup make it so easy to put your fuel source wherever you need it. Best of all, many models allow you to store two types of fuel at once—it’s perfect for the farmer who needs diesel and propane for simultaneous applications.
Keep Bellies Full
Warm bodies are always more content with full bellies. While you’re making the rounds with your tank trailers, don’t forget to throw some extra food in the back of your truck too.
In order to give your livestock a little extra nourishment during the coldest days, set aside a cache of food separate from your normal feed storage area. Use this reserve only when you must.
Consolidate Your Storage
Finally, you can increase the efficiency of your wintertime operation by making the things you use often more accessible and easier to reach.
For example, if your fuel storage area is against the far edge of your property but you need to keep some vital winter machines oiled and fueled, you’ll have a hard time dealing with that in the driving snow. Use a mobile fuel tank to keep fuel at hand.
There are so many things you can do to prepare for the winter. If this isn’t your first rodeo, then you already know how much easier your life can be with a few tweaks in how things operate around your property. Don’t wait around for the next “Storm of the Century” to hit. Get those cows some warm water, pronto.