Even in the Sub-Zero Temps, They Have a Job to Do

Even in the Sub-Zero Temps, They Have a Job to Do

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"We always back it in so if there's a pile of snow here, we're always ready to push through it and get out."

Henderson farmer Brian Zumbach and his kids typically use the machine they use to move manure on their Henderson farm for double duty in the wintertime, pushing snow out of the way.

"Usually it takes one of the kids and they jump in the machine and go clear snow and the rest of us take care of everything else," Zumbach said.

For Zumbach, this time of year, the work is mainly taking care of the animals. When the temperatures drop, Zumbach has to make sure the cows stay warm enough in the barn, without jeopardizing their health.

"You've got to try and get the moisture out of the barn without taking to much heat out of the barn, so that everything freezes up. It can get pretty foggy in here and we try not to do that anymore than we have to because it can affect the cow's respiratory health," Zumbach said.

He also has to make sure their water and food doesn't freeze, because if they can't eat or drink enough, that could lead to less milk production.

And over in Watertown, Josh Ward was out delivering pizzas on New Year's Eve for Cam's Pizza in Watertown.

"Mainly more when it's snowing out, not so much the cold, but when it starts to snow really bad, there's definitely a rise in deliveries," Ward said.

And on a night like New Year's Eve, it keeps him in and out of the snow and cold even more than normal. But wearing only a T-shirt, Ward doesn't seem to mind.

"It keeps you moving and it keeps your heat up so you don't really have to worry about jackets or any of that stuff. As long as you keep busy," Ward said.

Keeping busy, that's the key. And maybe holding some hot pizzas.

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