In Western Oregon we tend to have very mild winters and have learned to deal well with rain and mud but do not experience extended freezing weather and snow very often. This year we have already had several bouts of snow and temperatures in the teens on a fairly regular basis. We have had to do a lot more prep and maintenance for keeping things thawed and animals happy this year so far for sure. We are kind of hoping our normal weather comes back soon but the winter is still young and we are bracing ourselves for what else is in store.
We did invest in a tank heating system for one of our stock tank though since breaking ice off of water troughs and hauling water takes a lot of time. Especially when you are watering so many animals. We did the main trough but thinking the smaller troughs are a good idea too since it has been so nice not having to worry about the other one! The goldfish living in the main trough are especially happy to have warmer water to swim in as well.
Lorin and I have been around agriculture our whole lives. We're happy to be part of the family farm.