Cold Weather Animal Care

A large majority of the U.S. and Canada are experiencing extremely cold temperatures as a polar vortex comes in from the north (will a repeat of the 2014 winter be in store?)

Weather map
Extremely cold temperatures hit most of the U.S. and Canada. Source:

While many of us can get chilled to the bone, find “normal” day-to-day activities to be a challenge, and complain about escalating heating bills, let’s not forget about those who care for livestock on these days. The folks who have chosen to be livestock farmers and ranchers as their livelihood seldomly get a day off and they certainly can’t skip a day of livestock care just because it is too cold.

I have blogged about care for animals in cold weather before, and I think it is good to highlight these two blog posts again.

Caring for Livestock in Cold Temperatures – highlights some of the ways livestock farmers and ranchers try to make their animals more comfortable via shelter options and feed.

Cold Temperatures Cause Frozen Ears – this can be a real problem for newborn baby animals. Warning: super cute calves wearing ear muffs are included!

What questions do you have about animal care in cold weather? What are you doing to make sure your animals are the most comfortable they can be?


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