22 DAYS - THAT'S HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS UNTIL THE CALENDAR
SAYS ITS SPRING.
AND HOPEFULLY THE WEATHER WILL MATCH.
-- MICHELLE --
PERHAPS NO ONE IS COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS UNTIL SPRING
MORE THAN THOSE WHO'VE BEEN OUT WORKING IN THE COLD
EVERY DAY - WISCONSIN'S FARMERS.
AS NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER TELLS US - EVEN FOR
FOLKS USED TO A WISCONSIN WINTER - TO QUOTE SHAKESPEARE
- THIS IS THE WINTER OF THEIR DISCONTENT
i tell everybody i meet farming is not a job for me,
it is a way of life.
A WAY OF LIFE SEEMINGLY NEVER EASY WITH RISING AND
THIS YEAR MADE TOUGHER BY FALLING TEMPERATURES - THAT
FOR SO LONG - HAVE REFUSED TO RISE.
this winter's been just awful.
ON THE BEST OF DAYS - FOR CORY BROWN - CARING FOR
500 DAIRY COWS IS A FULL DAYS WORK.
we got a calendar in our barn.
we've been counting down the days til spring since
last month and i think it is 22 days until spring.
BUT EVERYDAY THE MERCURY SPENDS SOUTH OF ZERO MAKES
SPRINGTIME SEEM THAT MUCH FURTHER AWAY.
everything is a little more difficult when it is cold
and when it is really cold like it has been, it makes
for a very long day.
IT IS A COLD YOU CAN FEEL - A COLD YOU CAN SEE - AND
A COLD YOU SIMPLY CAN NOT ESCAPE.
it gets old when uou have to spend 10, 12, 14 hours
outside every day.
BUT THERE IS NO GETTING AROUND IT.
IN CONDITIONS LIKE THIS THE CATTLE HAVE TO BE FED
AND WATERED - AND LET'S NOT FORGET WHAT COLD LIKE
THIS DOES TO WATER.
nats of heater
ON THIS DAY - A WATER LINE IS FROZEN - AND THE MORE
TIME THAT PASSES THE MORE THE LIKELYHOOD IT WILL STAY
you can't wait until morning.
if you wait until morning it is not going to be thawed
AND A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE IS LEFT TO WAIT AND HOPE.
should solve our problem...fingers crossed.
NOTHING - NOT EVEN FINGERS CROSSED - SEEMS TO POINT
TO AN END TO THIS LONG COLD WINTER.
there's been a couple days when you can hardly feel
your fingers, you're wore out but you can't stop because
we don't get a break like that.
BUT BEFORE YOU GIVE UP HOPE.
oh, there she goes.
THERE'S THE REALIZATION THAT AT SOME POINT THE CALENDAR
WILL EVENTUALLY TRUMP THE THERMOMETER.
i'm trying to, like i said, stay positive.
attitude is everything in survival.
you've got to have a good attitude.
22 DAYS INDEED - THAT'S THREE WEEKS AND ONE DAY -
HOWEVER YOU WANT TO LOOK AT IT THAT MAKES YOU FEEL
BECAUSE HOW LONG HAS THIS WINTER BEEN?
WELL LET'S PUT IT TO YOU THIS WAY - CORY BROWN TOLD
ME HE CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THE GRASS LOOKS LIKE OR
THE LAST TIME HE WASN'T WEARING FOUR LAYERS OF CLOTHS.
-- MICHELLE --