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Farmers put hours of hard work into their daily operation. And as our Eva McKend reports, this kind of cold and snow brings unique challenges.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, N.Y. -- "We get our shovels ready," said Cheyenne Zigmund of Root ‘N Roost Farm.
Farmers are no stranger to hard work.
The heavy snow adds even more to their load but they say it's nothing they can't handle.
"The biggest thing is the plowing and opening up the driveways and the parking lots and moving things around," said Barbra Moran of Stonewall Farms.
At Root N' Roost n White Sulphur Springs, they don't believe in using any gas powered machinery on their two acre farm, so they shovel out after each storm and have a plan in place every winter.
"During the winter, nobody wants to be walking for miles just to get out to the barn so we keep our pigs as close to our house as possible," said Zigmund.
At Stonewall Farms in Jeffersonville, farmers say when the snow hits, the key is to make sure the animals remain warm and have access to ample water.
"We need to make sure that they stay hydrated. They can get dehydrated in this type of weather and then getting them into a shelter and out of the elements if they need to," said Moran.
"We have good solid shelters that have good walls. They have a lowered ceiling so that the heat is trapped closer to their body," said Zigmund.
Arm loads of hay to keep the ducks, pigs and chickens warm, food in heavy rotation.
Farmers realize it could become a common scenario this winter as the county has already seen significant snow fall.
"The chickens and the ducks especially, you really have to shovel a decent amount for because they can't stand the cold on their legs and I don't blame them," said Zigmund.