The calendar says April, but Old Man Winter is still making his presence known nearly four weeks after the official start of spring.
Over the weekend, blizzard warnings stretched from southwestern Nebraska to Michigan, blanketing fields with inches of snow. Strong wind and heavy snow closed major highways in parts of South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. In Wisconsin, some dairies even had roofs on barns collapse.
Farmers and ranchers were caught in the midst of it, praying their livestock would make it through the harsh conditions.
And in the worst times, the best things happen, showing how tough cattle can be.
If there’s one thing that never ceases to amaze me, it’s the resiliency of cattle. In a matter of 5 hours she’s back to life. This scenario right here always reminds me that it’s not over until it’s over. #YouMightBeARancher pic.twitter.com/Xdi5helAB0— stephanie stray cow (@surfingkelpie) April 14, 2018
In some cases, farmers had to dig their cattle out of the barn.
Day 2 of winter storm Evelyn!! Everyone stayed dry and warm, the girls were ready for milking, and our team was working hard to keep things flowing smoothly today! #WSEvelyn #grateful #farm365Posted by Wagner Farms Inc. on Sunday, April 15, 2018
With these conditions, some are questioning what month it is.
Still battling frozen waters on this— Mike Berdo (@BerdoMike) April 16, 2018
16th day of apriluary pic.twitter.com/sT1BbxvFhc
While snowy conditions aren’t ideal in April, it’s not the first time this has happened.
Instead of complaining, some are working ground as the snow falls.
Doing something about the snow instead of complaining about it @PitstickFarms @kyleplattner @sf28430 @Cornfrmr @BetsyJibben @sellis1994 @MGigger @farmers_edge @FBNFarmers @GoddessofGrain @NDfarmer81 @CNHIndustrial @summersmfg @MGigger @MaxROIFarmer @TheChadColby pic.twitter.com/I1ZpJMq8lW— Paul R. Anderson (@ndcorngrower) April 16, 2018
Hopefully this will be the last big snowfall of the year.
How the day started! 6 hrs later everything is plowed and Fed. pic.twitter.com/h3tX24cnVh— T.J. Manning (@4manningranch) April 14, 2018