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Good Nutrition Critical for Keeping Cattle Healthy in Brutal Cold Weather Says OSU Veterinarian Dr. Rosslyn Biggs
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 08:32:18 CST
Subzero temperatures can make life difficult for cattle and their caretakes and Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, OSU beef cattle extension specialist and College of Veterinary Medicine director, said good nutrition can help prevent many cold weather health issues for the cattle.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Dr. Rosslyn Biggs
Dr. Biggs took time out from her duties in the barn to speak with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the impact of the brutal cold weather on our cattle.
Being out in the weather, as long as they are in good condition, they’re able to manage particularly if we’re able to supply good nutrition, Biggs said.
The older, thinner cows are the ones we need to pay particular attention to, Biggs said.
We can’t stay in the house and hope everything turns out well, Biggs said.
We need to get out there and make sure they are producing and getting that extra nutrition we’re putting out there for them, she said.
If we do have one get sick, we need to be positioned from a management standpoint to get them taken care of in a rapid fashion, she said.
The OSU veterinarian said there are some signs to look for when observing cattle in this brutal cold weather.
When I am out evaluating, I want them to be bright, out there eating, not isolating themselves, no breathing problems, these are the things I look for initially, Biggs said.
Experienced cattlemen know their cattle and what to look for, she said.
Cattle that look depressed, droopy ears and snotty noses are obvious signs, Biggs said.
The bottom line is keeping the cattle supplied with good quality hay, keeping them as dry as possible and plenty of water.
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