Cold no problem for American buffalo; other farm animals need extra care

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 8:46 PM

What farmers should know to keep their animals safe in freezing temps

Farm animals aren’t immune to the cold, but some can handle it better than others.

The Jersey cows on Dave Linkhart’s farm near Xenia started growing their thick hide back in the fall. And his herd of American buffalo has 10 times the number of hairs per square inch compared to the cows.

“They’re acclimated to this. Especially the bison,” Linkhart said of the native species. “They don’t even come in. You’d give them a barn and they wouldn’t go into it.”

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Linkhart makes sure his herds are well fed through the winter because they need the extra calories to keep up their energy. He also constantly checks the water to make sure it isn’t frozen.

Some animals prefer to stay inside.

“Hogs don’t have that much hair, but as long as there are more than one of them, they’ll pile up to keep each other warm and they have a thick layer of fat on them, helps insulate their bodies as well,” Linkhart said.

Enjoying an afternoon outdoors, many horses on area farms were wearing blankets, some quite colorful.

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Officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture said how well animals do in the winter depends a lot on how acclimated they are to Ohio winters. For example, horses born here are used to them, but horses brought in from warmer climates may  need some extra care.

Many local farm families, including Linkhart’s, have been taking care of animals for generations and know their livestock well.

“Again, it’s primarily important, you give them a place to get out of the weather and plenty of feed and water,” he said.

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Sunshine, warm temperatures return for the day

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:19 AM

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  • Warm but not muggy
  • Dry time this week
  • Showers and storms by weekend 

>> 5-Day Forecast

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TODAY: A nice morning with it being muggy early, but becoming more comfortable through the afternoon. It’ll be warmer than normal again with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Overall dry day with sunshine and some afternoon clouds. 

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WEDNESDAY: Another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine. Dry from start to finish with low humidity and highs around 80 degrees. UV index for the day will be high. 

THURSDAY: The morning starts off cool around 60 degrees. Sunny skies for the afternoon and still not muggy as highs climb to the middle 80s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

FRIDAY: A dry start to the day with clouds increasing for the afternoon. Highs peak in the middle 80s as it becomes muggy again with some isolated showers and storms developing. 

SATURDAY: Warm and muggy with highs in the low 80s. Expect scattered showers and storms at times through

the day. 

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Vacant house fire in Harrison Twp. considered suspicious, officials say

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

Fire on Lodell Avenue

UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: A vacant house fire that occurred on Lodell Avenue early Tuesday morning is considered suspicious, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Brookville firefighters rescue trapped dog in Perry Twp. culvert

The structure, located in the 2100 block, was fully involved when crews arrived on scene just after 1 a.m.

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No other nearby homes were affected as a result of the fire.

No injuries were reported as crews extinguished the flames.

Damage estimates were not immediately available as the fire remains under investigation. 


Crews are responding to the 2100 block of Lodell Avenue on a reported fully involved structure fire that occurred early Tuesday morning.

Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m. at a structure that is reportedly vacant. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with additional details. 

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Dog missing since Sunday rescued from Perry Twp. culvert

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:10 AM

Dog rescued from storm drain

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.

Brookville firefighters rescued a family pet stuck in a drainage ditch after a neighbor reported hearing a dog barking.

Crews responded to the ditch on Air Hill Road, near Keener Road in Perry Twp.

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“We did find a small 30- to 40-pound dog that was trapped about 40 feet in the storm drain,” Brookville Fire Capt. Jim Hart said. “We utilized a portable stretcher and two of my guys were able to crawl into the storm drain, and the dog was thankfully pretty friendly and we were able to get her put on top of that stretcher and use the rope system to pull her out.”

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The 17-year-old dog was stuck and had potentially been there for about a day, Hart said.

The dog’s family took her home following the rescue.

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m.

A dog was pulled from a 48-inch culvert.

The dog was described as about 17 years old and deaf and had been missing since Sunday.

The dog’s owners took their pet home.


A rescue operation is underway after a dog was found trapped in a 48-inch culvert.

Crews are on scene near the intersection of Keener and Air Hill roads, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

The dog, described as possibly a yellow Labrador retriever, is reportedly 45 feet down.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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Woman reportedly attempts to steal occupied vehicle, crashes at Dayton gas station

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

Woman crashes at Dayton gas station

A woman reportedly attempted to steal an occupied vehicle, and as a result, crashed into two other vehicles at a Dayton gas station Tuesday morning.

Officials responded to Sunoco gas station, located at 1502 Wayne Ave., on reports of a crash around 12:45 a.m., per initial reports.

Dayton police say the woman reportedly jumped inside the driver seat of a parked vehicle that was occupied with one passenger. Due to the passenger not knowing the woman, an argument reportedly ensued and she attempted to pull off in the vehicle.  She then reportedly hit two other vehicles in the parking lot before fleeing on foot. 

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The woman was reportedly tackled to the ground by people nearby at the gas station until police arrived. 

She was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, officials say. 

No word on if she will be taken to jail or cited for the incident. 

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