A Miserable 24 Hours

Kansas Viewpoint

Feedlots see bright side of late-winter blizzard

Published on: March 27, 2009
If the blizzard outside were happening in November, Andrew Murphy at Barton County Feeding says his hair would be turning a lot grayer than it is now.

But since it's late March, he says the 8 inches of snow is a welcome treat to the wheat crop and a bearable burden for the feedyard. Dry weather was becoming a threat to the survival of the wheat crop and this will help.

"It's not as bad here as it is further to the west. Dodge and Garden City are getting the brunt of it," Murphy said Friday afternoon.

Murphy said several factors make this storm a miserable 24 hours rather than a disaster. One is the time of year. Most cattle have been on feed for several months and are less vulnerable to stress. Another is the that it was warm and dry going into the storm. And finally, it won't last long. Being late March, the skies will clear, the sun will come out and it will be back in the 50s in a couple of days.

"It doesn't make this 24 hours any easier on the guys who are out there dealing with it," he said. "It is still brutally hard on them. It's wet, it's cold and it's windy. But it does help knowing it will soon be over."