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Cold weather is hard on cattle, ranchers


WISNER, Neb. (AP)--Nebraska ranchers and feedlot operators don't have much choice about venturing outside in the bitter cold: They have to tend to their cattle.

Gene Ott says this winter has been one of the toughest ones he can remember in his 45 years of running Wisner Feedlots.

The National Weather Service estimates that temperatures dropped on the morning of Jan. 7 to minus 1 in Norfolk, and wind chills of minus 27 occurred about half an hour west of Ott's operation.

Ott says all his workers try to limit the time they spend outside in the cold. They use pickup trucks to check on the 5,000 head of cattle they watch over.

Ott says he expects most of his cattle to survive the cold weather as long as they are healthy, but they might lose weight because of stress from the cold.

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