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Local Farmers Cope with Recent Low Temperatures

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Farmers say when it gets this cold, it takes more work making sure parts don't freeze and break and animals are getting the right care. Farmers say when it gets this cold, it takes more work making sure parts don't freeze and break and animals are getting the right care.

WAPATO, WA -- It's a chilly day at Baron Farms in Wapato. Farmers say when it gets this cold, it takes more work making sure parts don't freeze and break and animals are getting the right care.

"I noticed that the lows were going to be in the 20s," said Ron Baron, the owner of Baron Farms. "I really didn't anticipate the single digits and that took us by surprise."

A surprise Baron wasn't quite ready for and that's why he's now dealing with some broken pipes that are used to get fresh water to his animals.

"They get cold," said Baron. "They get brittle, the ice expands and when the ice starts expanding it starts cracking the plastic."

Baron said it's not an expensive fix, but it's very labor intensive. As the cold settles, Baron said it takes more work and long hours making sure animals are properly cared for.

"Animals need things," said Baron. "They need water, they need food and any time the weather gets in the way of that it obviously causes some additional work or labor or some problems. Things break and they got to get fixed and when you're fixing things when it's seven degrees, it's uncomfortable. And it just takes a lot longer."

Baron said while it is brisk out these days, the current temperatures aren't putting the farm animals under any distress.

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