By Tim Kowols
The freezing and thawing temperatures in the area this winter have not been popular with area farmers. While the snow cover has been good to protect the fields, warmer temperatures are causing root systems to push out of the ground, only to get damaged when freezing temperatures return. Rich Olson from Olson Family Farms in Sturgeon Bay says the fluctuating temperatures are causing other problems as well, especially with his dairy cattle.
Olson says keeping the barn at a constant temperature and in some rare cases using antibiotics are just some of the ways he is using to keep his herd healthy.