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Managing Cattle, Equipment In The Cold!

Author: Kristy

 

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When winter weather strikes, here are a few things to keep in mind to best manage your cattle and equipment.

 

Always-Wanted-To-Be-A-Charolais-by-Jaclyn-Wilson-Demel_0This month has been one of the coldest Decembers I can remember. We’ve been in a cold snap for a few weeks now, with temperatures ranging from sub-zero to single digits. The frigid cold makes ranching a little more challenging, but being prepared can help get through freezing weather conditions.

When it’s this cold outside, the cattle are the first to be impacted. They need to increase their feed intake to compensate for the extra energy being lost to keep warm. Watching for early calves is important, too, as a calf wouldn’t stand a chance if born outside in these conditions. A wind break to shield cattle from the wind’s icy bite is another must, whether it’s a shelter belt of trees or a manmade structure.   READ MORE

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