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Wintry Weather Tough for Calving Season

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If you think you're tired of the snow and wet weather, imagine being a newborn animal who has no choice but to learn to live in the brutal conditions.

"There it is"

Welcome to the world baby calf, as North Dakota showers you with a newborn gift.

"It's not a day you want to be born."

Calving season on Mark Huseth's ranch began about a month ago.

"It's a shocker coming into this world at 28 degrees."

And since then, newborn calves have faced a challenge.

"Moisture plus snow plus baby calves don't mix."

Mark says more than 500 calves will be born on the ranch this spring but because of the cold temperatures, they have to take extra precautions to make sure they all survive.

"We've lost some. It's the toughest early calving season we've had an a long time."

Ranchers, like Huseth, say because of the snow they have to check on newborns at all times of the day.

"With weather colder, we have to make sure they don't freeze."

And the extra moisture on the ground could lead to potential disease.

"We need water to go down because if baby calf drinks still water it could make them sick."

Huseth says even with the pouring down snow this newborn calf experienced today,he'll do whatever it takes to make sure this little guy makes it through the day.

"The more moisture and snow the more work it is for us."

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