Those who work outdoors battle frigid temperatures

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

SOUTHMAYD, TEXAS -- Ben Wible has helped his crops and cattle survive 65 winters on this land south of Southmayd.

"My great grandfather settled this area in 1867," Wible said.

He says, with the recent ice storm, this is one of the harshest winters they've seen.

"My cattle had like 8 or 10 inch icicles hanging on the sides of them as they walked. My son made a comment that they jingled when they walked," Wible said.

Monday, temperatures dropped to the teens with windchills below zero.

To weaken the bitter cold's bite, Wible fed his cattle more hay and drew them away from the wind.

"This weather is cold, but it's dry. So the cattle, you put feed up by the trees where there's no wind chill, and they come through it just fine," Wible said.

Wible's wheat crop is another concern. His crop actually grew while frozen in ice, but he's worried about Monday's wind chill.

"This time, it's a little different. There could be a little bit of burning on the crop because it was dry and the wind blowing," Wible said.

Emergency Manager Sarah Somers says while farmers are thinking of their crops, everyone else should be considering how to protect themselves and the four P's : property, plants, pipes and pets.

"Sometimes we forget about some of our pets, maybe some of those that are more hardy. Dehydration is one of the primary problems for pets who are usually left outdoors," Somers said.

Wible says after more than sixty winters spent sustaining his cattle and crops, he's used to adapting to this freezing weather.

"It's just, it's just the way it is," Wible said.


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