dairy farms http://kplu.org en Cold Weather Challenges Wash. Ranchers and Dairies http://kplu.org/post/cold-weather-challenges-wash-ranchers-and-dairies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The region’s cold snap has many dairy operators and ranchers taking extra care with their livestock. When it’s cold, cattle and other types of livestock tend to eat more to stay warm.</span></p><p>Despite the low temperatures intensified by a slight wind in central Washington, Len McIrvin’s Herford cattle just lowed at his passing pickup.&nbsp;They’re munching on what’s left in a harvested cornfield a few miles from the Columbia River.</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:18:27 +0000 Anna King 11437 at http://kplu.org Cold Weather Challenges Wash. Ranchers and Dairies Cool, wet spring delays Washington strawberry crop http://kplu.org/post/cool-wet-spring-delays-washington-strawberry-crop <p>A cool, wet spring has slowed strawberries and other crops in parts of Washington.</p><p>One berry farmer, Randy Kraught of <a href="http://barbiesberries.com/">Barbie&#39;s Berries</a> in Ferndale, <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/05/27/2033431/cool-wet-spring-delays-washington.html#storylink=mirelated">told The Bellingham Herald</a> the area needs sun soon to ripen strawberries and following crops of raspberries and blueberries. Fri, 27 May 2011 20:29:48 +0000 Gary Crawford 1692 at http://kplu.org Cool, wet spring delays Washington strawberry crop