How Did You Prepare For The Cold Spell?

The headlines this week were all about the widespread cold in the U.S. caused by a “polar vortex” that closed schools and businesses, and stranded travelers. This week’s online poll question is “How did you prepare your cattle for the cold spell?” Leave your thoughts and anecdotes in the comments section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Jan 15, 2014

Cows had free access to barn, extra hay fed outside, extra bedding in barn which was cleaned out daily (in single digits cow pee freezes). All were happy and healthy.

Anonymous
on Jan 15, 2014

When did a polar express become a polar vortex?

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

at minus 60 degree wind chill my cows wouldn't leave an open corn field.. i was amazed they all did well. angus cattle acclimated to the northern climate.

Anonymous
on Jan 11, 2014

They have shelter all the time(woods), they don't get bedding just hay left over, I gave them a little more hay(which is tested), if your animals are in good shape they can handle alot thrown at them but wind is the toughest.

Anonymous
on Jan 10, 2014

Management procedures need to be provided according to weather conditions in their areas.
This will include: feed, water,bedding and adequate sheltered areas.
William Gallagher PSU

Anonymous
on Jan 10, 2014

Management procedures should be provided and increased in areas of additional snow and rain are expected in those areas.

William Gallagher PSU

Anonymous
on Jan 10, 2014

The cold spell was easy to react to. Cold and dry I can handle. However the forecast is for rain and temps in the low 30's here in Michigan. About all I can do is extra feed. I can't put them in the barn in warm weather it gets to damp. Putting extra bedding outside will not work if we get the inch of rain they are forecasting.

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