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Cattle farmers brace livestock for freezing temperatures

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Being a cattle farmer can be a tough job, especially with some freezing temperatures.

For Kirk Broussard, from Henry, it's something he's known his whole life.

"My grandfather gave me a calf when I was born and then I just went from there," said Broussard, standing in front of a congregation of his livestock. "I've got about 140 head of cows and then I got about 29 heffers right behind me."

He said caring for his animals in the below freezing temperatures is not impossible.

"Their body temperature, with a little energy, they get warmer," he said.

But the weather does mean the cows get  extra food.

"For them to eat, give them energy keep them warm cause then tomorrow I'm going to have to break the ice in the troph so they can keep the water so they can drink it," said the cattle farmer.

The animals will spend the night in the barn as usual, with a little extra hay to keep them warm.

And Broussard said he needs to keep a close eye on his cattle and come out more often so the weather doesn't affect his business too much.

"They're going to drop a little weight and from last week also. They're going to drop a little bit," he said.

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