Unfortunately the winter season is not a time of year where farmers park the tractor and put up their feet to enjoy some much needed R & R. In fact winter can be just as busy as the growing season. The orchards and livestock still need to be cared for, equipment needs worked on, and many farmers use any extra time to focus on educational opportunities.
So what happens on Shooks Farms during the winter?
Daily feeding of the cattle or “chores” as we call it, takes place all throughout the year and is even more important in the winter. As the temperatures drop the cattle will eat more to stay warmer. It is also essential to keep the barnyards clean throughout the year in order to keep the cattle clean and healthy. In the winter it is especially important to remove any snow in the barns. Twice a week we clean the snow and manure from the yards and spread it into a pile in a field to be dispersed out when the snow is melted. If we did not remove the snow from the barn and the area outside of the barn, the cattle would pack the snow down creating an ice skating rink which would lead to many injured cows.