Cold Jobs Part 2: On The Farm

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 02/09 2014 09:56PM

Updated 02/11 2014 09:21PM

MARTINSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY - For John Zimmerman, the day starts bright and early at 2 am.
“We never shut down here. We're here everyday,” Zimmerman says.
The high temperature the day we stopped by was 3 degrees.
Zimmerman says he does about double his normal workload on cold days...half of it is just making sure everything starts.
“We run three of these a day. This one starts at 2 a.m. when I get here and it runs 8-10 hours a day,” Zimmerman says.
Keeping the equipment warm is a big issue, but on the farm it's also about the product. That means 1,400 cows all behind special curtains that go up or down automatically based on the temperature.
“It doesn't bother cows a whole lot the way we have it set up here. It doesn't bother them,” Zimmerman says.
And that means good business, no matter how rough this winter has been.
“It's been a while since I remember the cold spell staying like we had. I remember it being a night or two but last week and's tough,” Zimmerman says.

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