Winter is coming. Brace yourself, your livestock and your crops. With potential for frigid temps and deep freezes, your farm could be heavily impacted. Fortunately, there are some precautions you can take to ready your farm and its inhabitants. Here’s how to prepare for winter on the farm.
Prepare Shelter for Your Animals
It’s imperative that your livestock have a safe and sheltered place during the winter. Whether you have poultry, livestock, or other critters, make sure there’s enough room in your barn or other shelter for all animals to fit comfortably. Additionally, ensure they have plenty of access to feed and that it’s located in a space that won’t get wet or contaminated. Livestock insurance can help cover damages that may occur.
Address all Animal Needs
Winter can be tough on your livestock. Fix any fences, build or fix any feeders and waterers so that when the cold weather hits, you don’t have to brave the cold for these types of repairs.
Store Tools and Other Items
Your tools and equipment can take a big hit if they’re not properly stored during the winter months. Make room for all your machinery you don’t want buried in snow. That’ll ensure they’re ready for planting season come spring. Winter on the farm is a great time to schedule maintenance visits for equipment and machinery.
Prepare Your Soil
Get your soil the nutrients it needs so that it’ll be prosperous when spring rolls around. Feed your soil with nutrient-rich fertilizers and compost before the first snowfall, which will break down slowly over the course of the next few months. By preparing and testing your soil, you’ll ensure it’s ready for planting come spring.
Prepare for winter on the farm by clearing space in your barn. Before the temps drop, clean out your barns so it’s easier and cleaner when the spring calves come along.
Break Out Your Cold Weather Gear
Even when it’s winter on the farm, the work never stops. Make sure you’re well-equipped to handle all outdoor situations, whether dealing with leaks on the barn roof to fixing the fence on the pasture. You’ll need gloves, scarves, thermal underwear to keep you warm and safe during outdoor work in the snow and frigid temps.
Evaluate Your Insurance Needs
Life changes fast. Do you have your farm and equipment properly insured? No one understands farming needs like Farm Bureau. Every farm is different so that’s why we customize coverage for every operation. Visit with a Farm Bureau agent today.