Cold temperatures have hit Nebraska ranchers across the state especially hard this calving season.
In February, the average temperature was 18.6 degrees. In most years, the February average sits just below 30 degrees. The decrease in temperatures has made it rough not only for the baby calves, but also the ranchers watching after the calves.
Bruce Treffer, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension educator in Dawson County, said he would imagine most ranchers have seen an increase in mortality of calves in February and March.