‘The Pioneer Woman’ Star Ree Drummond Reveals What Ranch Life Is Like in the Winter

Have you ever wondered what ranch life is like when the temperatures drop? In the winter issue of “The Pioneer Woman,” Ree Drummond shares with her readers how she and Ladd work on the ranch when it’s freezing outside. Here’s what “The Pioneer Woman” star said about ranch life in the cold.

Winter feeding is one of Ree Drummond’s favorite parts of living on the ranch

Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine
Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

If you don’t like being out in the cold, you might be surprised by Drummond’s fondness for working outside in the cooler temperatures. She told her readers she loves working on the ranch during the cold weather. “The job of winter feeding is relentless, but it’s one of my favorite parts of ranch life. It gives us a chance to get out and feel the close relationship we have with all the animals that call our land their home,” says Drummond in her column.

The weather can get bad on the ranch

The winds tend to be higher on the ranch than in town, according to Drummond. It’s also quite cold. However, Drummond says cowboys don’t get any snow days. They’re required to be outside every day, tending to the animals and the land:

Temperatures rarely go above the 30s here—and that’s not taking into account the wind, which blows harder on the ranch than in town. And then there are the ice storms, when rain freezes and coats everything it lands on. You can hear it hitting the house, and you just know that when it’s all over there is going to be some form of chaos to contend with: Power lines will go down and we’ll have no electricity, or the water lines will freeze. There’s never a dull moment!

Ladd makes sure the horses get fresh hay

Drummond says it’s difficult for the horses to eat grass when there is snow on the ground. Fortunately, the horses get some help from Ladd, who rolls out fresh hay for them. He also chops a hole in the surface of the pond when that has iced over, so the animals have water to drink. The animals can’t get to the water if the pond is frozen.

Ree Drummond says the cattle treats them differently in the winter

Apparently, the cold weather changes the way the cattle interact with the humans on the farm. They know their lovely humans are there to help them stay fed and protected, so they act a little more grateful this time of year, says Drummond. “The cattle treat us so differently this time of year. They’re usually skittish and keep their distance, but when we come by in the snow, they couldn’t be happier. They know humans = food.”

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