Cattle Producers Prepare for Massive Winter Storm


I’m Betsy Jibben with today’s AgDay Minute.

A significant winter storm that’s pushing across the nation’s midsection and producers are working to protect their livestock as best they can. Joe Kanobbe has a feedlot in West Point, Nebraska. I talked with him as he took care of his cattle. He had already received 5 to 6 inches of snow creating big drifts. Joe Knobbe said, “Right now, I’m in a tractor with the box scraper on. There are some guys helping me. They are in a payloader and manure spreader. We’re just taking snow out, making some areas where the cattle can lay down that’s not full snow. If we have to, we’ll bed later, if we think we need to.” Kanobbe says he’s worried about losing power with the storm because he needs his fences to work.

The government is releasing its new dietary guidelines for Americans that will be in place for the next five years. The Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services releasing this video. They are recommending for adults that added sugars should account for less than 10-percent of daily calories and no more than two alcoholic drinks per day.

And for the first time ever there are recommendations for babies and toddlers. For about the first six months of life, experts say babies should be exclusively fed human milk or iron-fortified formula. And keep that up through at least the first year. By two years old, they say you need to watch how much sugar and saturated fat kids eat making sure they don’t get any more than ten percent of their daily calories from either.

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