The North Dakota Game and Fish department is urging farmers and ranchers to protect their winter feed supplies from wildlife.
Winter is right around the corner, and that means feed supplies will be in hot demand, not only for livestock, but for wildlife, too. The North Dakota Game & Fish Department is advising farmers and ranchers to safeguard their commodities.
North Dakota Game and Fish is willing to assist producers, but cannot offer financial aid for losses, says KFGO News.
Left unprotected, hay, grain, and other feedstuffs are consumed by wildlife, especially when animals’ primary food sources are scarce. During the winter, animals may seek an easy meal. That means anything left out in the open: hay bales, loose grain, and/or supplements/additives.
If proper facilities for feed storage are lacking, there are other ways to keep feed safe. Fencing and tarps can keep animals out: sometimes, a simple barrier is all it takes to deter invasive wildlife.
While damage to feedstuffs is sometimes unavoidable, producers should take every initiative to protect valuable feed supplies. It starts with structural integrity. Grainaries and sheds that cannot withstand rain, snow, and wind loads won’t be very effective at keeping out wildlife.
It may be an uphill challenge, but most would agree that preventive measures are well worth the time and effort. Nobody wants to be short on feed before winter is over!