The winter months can be devastating for your farm if not properly prepared. The cold weather can affect your ability to work outside, as well as your animal’s ability to be outside. The changing weather means that you need to update your farm to withstand the winter months. This includes updating your farm itself and your equipment. Making sure you are ready for winter is essential to the success of your farm.
Ensure Warm and Safe Shelter for Animals
When you are considering how to prepare your farm for winter, the first thing that probably comes to mind is shelter. Most animals can handle being outside during the cold of winter, but wet and windy weather can cause animals discomfort during the winter months. Using a thick layer of straw on the floor can help with the cold, as well as the mud. Covering windows or cracks is also important to keep the wind to a minimum. This does not have to be a costly project. You can use materials from around your farm to cut your costs. Any spare cardboard can work for this, since its only function will be to block the wind.
Equipment is an investment and tending to that equipment, especially as the seasons change, is essential. It is important to consider whether your equipment can function during the winter months or if it should be stored. If your equipment needs to be stored, do so accordingly. If your equipment is functional during the winter months, consider purchasing new agricultural or irrigation tires. Replacing your tires will ensure that your machines can function in extreme conditions. It is also important to check on any other maintenance that may need to occur on your machines before the winter months arrive.
Get Yourself Cold Gear
Don’t forget to think about yourself when considering how to prepare your farm for winter. Having a farm requires manual labor, which implies that you will be working in the cold weather. This means that it’s extremely important to care for and protect your body during the winter. Having cold gear will make it easier to work outside in the cold for extended periods of time. Cold gear is designed to maintain the body’s heat, making it easier to function in even the most extreme temperatures.