Neis pushes open a gate to drive his truck through while making his feeding rounds to various lots of bulls on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
Neis' cattle line up to feed from a trough on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
Neis carries an axe as he walks a worn path in the snow toward a small pond, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Each morning after a night of freezing temperatures, Neis must chip a hole in the frozen surface of various ponds in order for his cattle to drink.
Neis drives his truck to a feed some of his bulls on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
Neis says it is particularly challenging to maintain calves in such cold temperatures. In extreme cold temperatures, Neis or other stockmen make multiple rounds throughout the night to check on the calves.
A calf peeks its head out of a pen as nice carries a bucket of feed to the various cows that have recently calved or are calving in the barn.
Stockman Jim Neis tosses a bale of hay from the loft of his cattle barn during morning rounds on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, south of Eudora. Winters can be particularly challenging times for stockmen like Neis, who raises more than 300 head of cattle with other members of his family.