Everyone loves a “white Christmas,” provided they don’t they have to stray too far from the fireplace. A snow-covered farm is picturesque, but it’s also work. Fortunately today’s livestock farmers have found ways to minimize their exposure to the elements while better caring for their animals.

This Christmas I spent a few days on my family’s farm in eastern Iowa, and my dad, Lee, showed me the improvements that have been made to our hog barns and pens over the years. Take a tour of Christmas past and present on the Bader farm by clicking on the videos below.

Written by Zach Bader
Zach is a Communications Specialist for Iowa Farm Bureau.