Depending on the Snow, Wind, or Sun Can Be Risky Business Part I:  Winter Water Challenges


By Heather Smith Thomas

In some climates keeping stock water available and ice-free can be difficult during colder months.

Trey Patterson, PhD (nutritionist), CEO and President of Padlock Ranches in Wyoming, said they winter cows on dryland pastures, weather permitting.

“We have weather issues — whether cold or snow, or lack of snow.  Some of our pastures are poorly watered, or water quality



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