Livestock producers in the Northern Plains weathered the recent blizzard, but the greatest challenges may lie ahead. According to Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director Ashley Kohls, producers concerned about what will happen in the next week or two. Health issues can pop up in a calf born in the cold. “A lot of those guys pulled calves out of snowbanks and made makeshift shelters to protect them,” says Kohls. Over the winter months, producers have also lost barns and other structures to house livestock. “There are some cattle producers that are struggling. The recent weather is kind of adding insult to injury.” Kohls says a number of resources are available on both a state and national level. The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline is also available at 833-266-2390.