After having to dig through feet of snow, battle minus twenty Fahrenheit temperatures, replace water buckets as they shatter when cleared of ice we gave up and moved to Texas
The grass in the late summer may be better up north, but the frozen water buckets that do occur for six to seven months a year up north have lead to colic deaths
As for hay cost... this offset by the oil and natural gas production that the people up north use without concern during the long cold winters, so our hay is free... just wished we had bought more land that we did.
snakes, fire ants, chiggers.... in Kentucky we had timber rattlers, copperheads and chiggers.... only the fire ants haven't adapted ...yet
but we never have to deal with this