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Rancher glad for the storm, even during calving

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From school closures to flight cancellations, the storm affected many people. And the same holds true for ranchers, who welcome any moisture they can get.

Low temperatures, strong winds, and snow blows around the ranch. But rancher, Dave Lindblom doesn't mind.  

"I don't think it's a drought buster, but it is good," said Lindblom.

Some of the cows and calves are safe in a barn. A couple days ago the animals were grazing earlier in the day and filling up on feed, so Lindblom believes they prepared for this storm.  

"The cows, sense this storm coming several days before. I've been through everything that I could find today and I haven't had any new born calves," said Lindblom.

While no calves were born on Tuesday, one is a day old and is doing just fine.  

"I don't see any livestock problems out of this storm at all for me or they are going to be minimal if there are any."  

For most of the calving season, the weather was dry and warm, which is good for the calves, but water was needed.  

"One thing we are really hurting for is surface water. All of our stock dams are dry and this storm, I think will benefit that. I expect to see some runoff," said Lindblom.

Lindblom says now because of the wet weather people will feel better. "There's been a lot of mother cows go to town in the last couple of weeks because people were afraid of the drought and preparing for a dry summer and I think this will change that optimism for the better."

Lindblom says the storm won't affect their schedule. They'll be branding calves starting in May.

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