Winterizing Farms with Hemp - Hemp Bedding
Is your farm ready for winter? No matter the size of your farm, preparing for the winter is essential to ensure it remains safe and healthy. Take a look at our handy checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anything as you winterize your farm.
Step 1: Inspect and Inventory
Analyzing various aspects of your operation is the first step to preparing your farm to handle whatever the season throws at it. Start by walking around your farm, and write down what needs to be done before winter hits.
Regular walkthroughs give you the chance to review farm machinery and equipment, identify current or potential problems and mark inventory levels. Taking inventory will help you know your need for feed and whether you have enough roughage to last. So, whether it’s prepping livestock and covering equipment or buying extra supplies and removing debris, take detailed notes.
Step 2: Boost the Barn
Clean out your barn and buildings by removing all the debris and safely storing any flammable items you may have. This is also a good time to make any necessary repairs before the weather turns to extreme conditions. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, mmake sure your barn’s roof is strong to withstand the season’s snow.
When winterizing livestock barns, remember to eliminate drafts while still providing proper ventilation to prevent respiratory problems.
Keep manual tools like shovels, snow-scoops, ice scrapers and your roof rake handy and ensure your machinery is ready. There’s nothing worse than facing a foot of snow only to realize your plow-truck has a problem or that your snowblower or tractor won’t start. Come winter, you’ll be glad you thought ahead.
Step 3: Prepare the Livestock
Winterizing your farm is essential to ensuring the well-being of your animals. One of the most important things to consider is how you will keep your livestock supplied with fresh water in below-zero temperatures. Utilize tank heaters, heated buckets and automatic waterers for this purpose. This chart is an excellent resource for winter watering for livestock.
Preparing a warm and cozy sleeping nest is another critical step. Start by picking a draft-free part of the barn in a sheltered spot, then use HEMPALTA™ Premium Hemp Bedding to create a healthy, safe and warm space for your animals.
Hemp is an insulating material that acts as a temperature regulator by storing heat and releasing it slowly as the temperature cools. Its ultra-absorbent qualities allow it to retain excess moisture making it a breathable material for bedding. These natural and sustainable properties, combined with HEMPALTA’s state-of-the-art processing technology, make our hemp bedding 99% dust-free with hypoallergenic qualities. It is also beneficial for a range of animals like chickens, horses, goats and others.
Make fewer trips in the biting cold to replenish animal bedding. Our premium hemp bedding lasts longer than conventional bedding
Made from 100% clean, whole Canadian hemp granules, HEMPALTA Premium Hemp Bedding is the only all-natural animal bedding engineered to be the healthiest and safest bedding for animals. It does not contain any additives, chemicals or fragrances and is extremely comfortable, making it ideal for burrowing and nesting.
Want to keep your farm animals warm, safe and healthy through the winter? Check out HEMPALTA Premium Hemp Bedding, and let’s get winterizing!