From wind and snow to mud and rain, cattle producers have endured plenty of conditions this calving season. Wilmot farmer and rancher Jason Frerichs is hoping for better weather in northeast South Dakota. Until the start of calving in mid-April, Frerichs is staying busy fine-tuning facilities. “This year, we’re making sure there is bare ground to bed on and have invested in more shelter and windbreaks,” says Frerichs. The prolonged cold and snow this winter required an increase in feed to meet the energy needs of cattle. In some instances, producers are being forced to stretching feed supplies. While Frerichs is sitting okay on hay, the silage pile depleted quicker than expected. “I’m seeing a strong need for average quality grass hay and bedding. In our case, we won’t hold over very much.” Hear more of the conversation.