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Associated Press, Published March 24 2013

North Dakota ranchers brave cold calving season

BISMARCK - North Dakota ranchers are braving cold weather to care for their cattle during calving season.

Kidder County Extension Agent Penny Nester says the below-normal temperatures require ranchers to check cows more often and make sure calves are warm, drinking property and moving around to build their own energy.

Nester tells the Bismarck Tribune that calves left out in the cold risk losing ears or tails to frostbite.

The average temperature for March in the Bismarck area has been 21.3 degrees, compared to the average temperature of 29.9 degrees for that month in the last 20 years.

Nester notes that calving season is stressful even in warm weather.