Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle.More >>
Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle. People at the track observed a moment of silence for Trickle. He died Thursday in an apparent suicide at the age of 71. Race organizers said the event brought in more than 1,500 fans to watch the season's opening race and to remember Trickle's successful career."More >>
Motorcycles rumbled through central Wisconsin Saturday for the 10th annual Wausau Fire Charity Ride.More >>
With sub-zero temperatures, you might think it takes a toll on dairy producers. We talked with several who tell us the main obstacles they face are from equipment failure and freezing pipes. As for their animals, they say if they have shelter, food and fresh water, most dairy cows do fine.
Herdsman, Don Radtke of NTC'S Agriculture Center of Excellence says, "Dairy farmers in general make sure their cattle have shelter from the wind, clean water and food so they can produce enough energy to remain healthy and produce milk. The animals is the farmer's livelihood, he is going to do everything he can to protect that animal."
Inside the Agriculture Center of Excellence there are nearly 50 dairy cows and more than 50 calves. With temperatures so cold, they are all kept inside the barns. But, as the temperatures warm up, Radtke says some of the animals will head back outside.
Radtke says, "Cows naturally adapt better to cold than hot, humid weather. The cows like it about 40-50 degrees. We are uncomfortable at that temperature. The cows body temperatures is about 102 degrees. We are at 98 degrees. Plus, you have to consider they have a fur coat they wear all the time. Food and water are fuel that will keep them healthy in the extreme cold--along with adequate shelter."
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