Adjustments for cattle during cold weather

By Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter)
February 12, 2018 - 3:58pm

LETHBRIDGE --   During this time of year, one of the most critical elements for ranchers is extreme cold during calving season. While we'll see a warming trend, the temperatures can just as quickly drop again.
 
Documentation from Alberta Agriculture says the lowest temperature threshold for a cow is -20.  But if the wind picks up, that threshold can drop further.
 
Other indicators that ranchers have to take into consideration, are increased energy needs by the animal, whether the animals are acclimatized,  their overall body conditions
 
Ranchers are reminded to monitor weather conditions, ensure there is enough shelter and proper bedding for the animals. Cattle may need more feed to compensate for energy loss during the cold periods and thinner cows may need specialized care.
 

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