Ranchers struggle through calving season - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Ranchers struggle through calving season

Posted: Updated:
LAVINA, Mont. -

"It's the worst calving season I can remember in all my life," Rancher John Jansen said.
It's April, but it looks more like February.
This is what ranchers across Montana have been facing all winter.
"In February, there were about 8 days we were 30 below," Jansen said.

Jansen is the co-owner of Jansen Cattle LLC in Lavina.
He said the ranch lost more calves this year than in past years.
"If you're not on it right away, a lot of them died on you."
To try to keep the calves alive, Jansen said he had to take risks.
"We've had situations where we've had too many and we've had heat lamps on them which isn't exactly preferable because you don't want to burn the barn down either."
To combat the cold, Jansen said he constantly made sure to lay down fresh straw, so the calves weren't walking directly on the cold ground.
Surprisingly though, he said the winter weather wasn't the only factor contributing to the difficult calving season.
"If you want to go through what we've been dealing with, you have to go back not just through the winter, you have to go clear back to June," Jansen said.
The hot, dry summer damaged the pastures, leaving ranchers in a bad spot heading into calving season.
"A lot of times your spring pasture will grow back and you can graze it again," Jansen said. "We didn't get that. We came in awful light on our calves, we didn't make our contract. The buyer still took them thankfully but there's a lot of people that didn't make their weights."
Plus, the wildfires that plagued Montana this past summer took a toll as well.
"The whole Northern part of the state was on fire which drove the hay prices up," Jansen said. "And when you're feeding for 6 months you're burning through a hay pile pretty quick."
despite the tough winter, Jansen said he's hopeful for the summers' success.
"I always try to think on the bright side," Jansen said. 

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • BBB warns of mystery shopper scam

    BBB warns of mystery shopper scam

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:38 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:38:32 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:38 PM EDT2018-04-25 16:38:32 GMT

    Cube survey scammed job seekers out of thousands.

    Cube survey scammed job seekers out of thousands.

  • Body recovered from Yellowstone River identified

    Body recovered from Yellowstone River identified

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:06 PM EDT2018-04-24 17:06:25 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:12 PM EDT2018-04-24 17:12:26 GMT

    The body that was recovered from the Yellowstone River on Sunday 4/22/18 has been identified as Harriet P. Wilson, age 42, who has a Billings address. 

    The body that was recovered from the Yellowstone River on Sunday 4/22/18 has been identified as Harriet P. Wilson, age 42, who has a Billings address. 

  • Testicle Festival in Montana shuttered after 35 years

    Testicle Festival in Montana shuttered after 35 years

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:53 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:53:11 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 11:53 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:53:11 GMT
    Courtesy: therockcreeklodge.comCourtesy: therockcreeklodge.com
    Courtesy: therockcreeklodge.comCourtesy: therockcreeklodge.com

    The owner of the lodge that hosts the Testicle Festival has decided to end the annual event in Clinton due to the multitude of incidents - including fatal crashes - that have been caused by festivalgoers throughout the years.

    The owner of the lodge that hosts the Testicle Festival has decided to end the annual event in Clinton due to the multitude of incidents - including fatal crashes - that have been caused by festivalgoers throughout the years.

  • Police: Missing 12-year-old Billings girl found

    Police: Missing 12-year-old Billings girl found

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:59 PM EDT2018-04-24 01:59:34 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 3:23 PM EDT2018-04-24 19:23:29 GMT

    According to Billings police, the missing girl was found Monday night.

    According to Billings police, the missing girl was found Monday night.

  • Update: Mistrial Declared in 2016 Lame Deer Voluntary Manslaughter Trial

    Update: Mistrial Declared in 2016 Lame Deer Voluntary Manslaughter Trial

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:15 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:15:30 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:17 PM EDT2018-04-26 00:17:09 GMT

    Update: The trial continued Tuesday for Cary Alden who is accused of killing Dusty Francis in Lame Deer on October 6th, 2016. 

    Five witnesses took the stand Monday and another four took the stand Tuesday. 

    Update: The trial continued Tuesday for Cary Alden who is accused of killing Dusty Francis in Lame Deer on October 6th, 2016. 

    Five witnesses took the stand Monday and another four took the stand Tuesday. 

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.