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Continued cold temperatures plaguing Iowa livestock farmers

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

At roughly 9:15 a.m. Monday, triplet lambs were born on Jared Gutknecht's farm outside of Cedar Falls.

"I showed up right as the last one came out," said Gutknecht.

This continued cold weather hasn't been ideal for Iowa livestock farmers. Gutknecht says this March is much different than last year.

"You go out most nights and they be lambing outside just because it was 40, 50 degrees," said Gutknecht.

Gutknecht says their lambing season starts in December. This year, because of the continued cold temperatures, they've had to feed their sheep more and provide extra bedding to make them comfortable.

He says the temperature of the barns needs to be above freezing, but on any other March day he would be able to open up the barn and let the spring air move through it.

"Any time that they're not in a warm site like this, you get lamb popsicles pretty quick," said Gutknecht.

Gutknecht says this year there's also been a price to pay to make sure his sheep are warm enough.

"We've used 2,000 gallons of LP in just two little barns and, like the temperature says, it's only 40 degrees, 45 degrees  -- but, I mean, that's a lot of LP," said Gutknecht. 

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