With all the recent weather, I am reminded that we should always think ahead of the storm and be prepared to act. This means that now with all the snow, we should be able to clear our farm roads and remove snow from animal housing to prevent roof collapse under the weight of the storms. Some suggestions include:
- Open the Attic doors of the barn to allow warm air rise to the roof line and help melt the ice.
- Rake off the roof (see illustration, right) to help remove the snow. A rope system tied to a 2x6 four foot long can remove snow off a gabled barn without getting up on the roof.
- Lower feeding equipment and any other suspended equipment for temporary relief of weight on the truss systems.
No matter what the most common threat is to a farm a farmer needs to be prepared for those challenges.