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January 4, 2014

Farmers preparing for frigid, snowy onslaught

GREENSBURG — As Saturday, Sunday and Monday approach, the area moves ever-closer to what’s forecast to be record-breaking winter weather and Decatur Countians are scrambling to prepare.

For farmers though, there’s far more involved in getting ready for the impending frigid, snowy onslaught than preparing oneself and one’s family.

Alan Lowe, owner and operator of Greensburg’s Lowe’s Pellets & Grain, Inc., knows all too well the amount of extra planning and work involved in preparing a livestock facility for the extreme temperatures Decatur County is currently experiencing and the truly brutal cold yet on its way.

Lowe and his family-owned business, in fact, might well be considered a first-line of preparation for area farmers. Lowe understands, too, how many livestock operations are depending on him to deliver an uninterrupted supply of feed during the cold and snow that’s reportedly set to hit. For Lowe, the snowfall is easily the greater impediment of the two.

“We’re going to be making feed and delivering it tomorrow [Saturday],” Lowe told the Daily News. “We normally don’t do that on Saturday, but would ordinarily be making and delivering the feed on Monday.”

With anywhere between six-and-12 inches of snowfall predicted though, Lowe isn’t willing to take a chance on being forced to shut down Monday.

“We’re doing it in anticipation of the severe weather, trying to stay on top of it,” Lowe said, “so we and our farmers can afford for us to be closed Monday. We’re calling customers and moving deliveries up to get ahead of the weather.”

Having sufficient feed on hand is especially important in severely-cold weather, because animals tend to eat more in such extremes to help keep warm.

Lowe, who’s been around animals and production agriculture his whole life, didn’t seem overly worried regarding livestock safety in the cold, provided farmers take ample measures to insure their comfort and safety.

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