Cattle Farmer Has Difficulty in Snowy Weather

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

PENDLETON COUNTY, Wv -- Once the main roads were clear, most of us could get back to life as usual, but for Darell Warner and his cattle on Elk Mountain, it was a tough thing to do.

"There's a lot of cattle and sheep that's left in here, and there's no way to get any feed into them,” said Warner. “And they're not going to have any feed unless there's provisions made for people to be able to get in here."

With blowing snow creating drafts up to 4 feet 16 inches already on the ground, major clearing had to be done. The West Virginia Division of Highways came with a motor grater and cleared the road.

Normally, Warner moves his cattle in the first few weeks of November, but this year's early snow made it a problem.

"This was tricky this year. This storm and the hurricane and the cold front that came through. If it hadn't of been for that, we would be in good shape. It would've been no problem, but it's a problem now."

A problem that is uncommon. The area is home to hundreds of cows and sheep during the spring and summer.

"We take them out here to graze, raise their calves out here. This is good grass back here. People been raising cattle and sheep here for a 150 years probably."

It is also not uncommon to see deep snow covering all the grass in the area, but this year, the storm was just a few weeks too early.

"They're just going to be hungry until there's food brought to them, or until the snow melts. But that's going to be some time next week with this amount of snow. It's just too long to leave them with nothing to eat."

It was a good thing Warner had some friends who could help. Thanks to Warner's connections, his cattle would be fed by Tuesday night.

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