(Bismarck, ND) — Ranchers across North Dakota are reaping the benefits of an unusually warm fall. The milder weather allowed many farmers to finish their harvests early, giving them more time to tend to their cattle. In addition, the lack of snow on the ground is allowing cows to graze on crop residue from the harvest, giving them extra nutrition and saving money that ranchers would typically spend on feed. The warmer weather is also less stressful on livestock. It’s a stark difference from last fall, which brought early snowfall to the state.