Producers and farm equipment aren't the only things that could be jeopardized by heavy snows, which may lead to roof collapses on barns.
Recently, five goats survived a roof collapse at a farm in Indian Springs, Maryland. Though the building's owner was in it at the time of the collapse, he managed to escape unharmed, as did a number of other farm animals.
Given the high amount of snow experienced by the Midwest and Middle Atlantic States, many farmers may want to take the time to examine the buildings located on their properties for any accumulations.
The University of Minnesota Extension suggested recently that if farmers do see that their buildings have large amounts of snow on their roofs, they should try to have it removed as soon as possible. However, they should also be careful when trying to do snow removal themselves, as it can be a rather dangerous task.
Proper safety procedures would include using ladders and safety ropes, while also being mindful of ice that may accumulate on the tops of buildings.
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