Montana Cattlewomen

Calving In Winter

Feb 26, 2019

Snow and bitterly cold temperatures have their icy grip on Montana, making for sleepless nights and extra worry for ranchers in the midst of calving.

This subzero weather put stress on the cow, the calf and the rancher. Just ask Wanda Pinnow.  

She and her husband Craig have a cow/calf operation, Brackett Butte Ranch a third generation ranch, near Baker. Temperatures Sunday night were expected to dip to -14 degrees with a wind chill of -30 degrees to -40 degrees.

That meant checking on their cows every 90 minutes—the makings of a very long night.