5 Steps to Winter Farm Prep


winter farm care

Running a successful farm requires dedication and planning. No plants or livestock would thrive if you didn't wake up early every day and give all your energy to your farm. No matter what sized property you have, it wouldn't give you nearly as much joy if you cared less or didn't plan for the future.

Farmers plan for each season well in advance. You may think about what you'll grow in the spring, who you'll need to hire to help harvest in the fall and what work you'll need to do to support your animals and plants under the summer sun. Winter also involves a bit of planning, which may seem strange to those new to farming. You might think you can snuggle up under a blanket after fall ends, but there's plenty to do on a winter farm.

Help your future self by reading about these five steps to winter farm prep. Once you've arranged for the upcoming cold weather, you'll know what to expect and how to plan your way around the freezing temperatures.

1. Clean Your Property

When it's warm, you spend most of your time outside. Your livestock may roam grassy hills while you weed and water your crops. It's easy to forget that your farm needs care inside your barn and other structures. A good rule of thumb is that, when the leaves start to fall from the trees, you should clean your property.

Take a good look around the inside of your barn and throw out or sell anything you don't need. Cleaning it top to bottom makes it a nicer place for your animals to wait out the winter weather and store whatever you'd typically keep outside.

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