Snowmobiles, Be Careful Around Farms

I know I posted a similar post last year, but it is just as important this year. Snowmobiles: Please Be Careful Around Farms.

So far this December we have received over two-thirds of our typical TOTAL winter snow fall. Over 30 inches of snow has fallen so far this winter on Zweber Farms. It is shaping up to be an excellent snowmobiling season.

Snowmobile riders need to be extra cautious around farms. On our farm, there is a clearly marked trail that guides riders through safe areas around our farm. We work with our local snowmobile club to make sure the trail is safe, fun and well marked.

Each year though, there are some folks who don’t feel that the trail rules need to be followed. Disobeying trail signs can lead to injury or even death. Snow can cover up large pieces of equipment, fences, steep ditches and other dangerous obstacles. Two years ago, we had one snowmobiler that hit one of our four wire high-tensile fence at a high speed. The wire came inches from slicing open his abdomen. This rider was not on the trail and lucky for him he walked away with just a totaled snowmobile.

Even though cutting across what seems like an open field or a treeline might look like fun, dangers can be lurking under the snow. Please be safe this winter riding season and stay on the trail. Your health and snowmobile will thank you. Maybe this year Tim will finally fix his snowmobile after five years of sitting in the shed.

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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3 responses to “Snowmobiles, Be Careful Around Farms

  1. I would bet that Tim, like me, is too busy moving snow to fix a snowmobile.

  2. An excellent warning.

    I grew up in semi-rural Wisconsin and remember a couple gruesome deaths thanks to snowmobiles and barbed wire.

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