A Cold Dry Spell Doesn’t Hurt Much

  Cold stress on cattle depends on cattle makeup and whether it is raining, snowing or comfortably dry.

For more than 40 years, I have listened to veterinarians and producers from the upper Midwest describe the long, frigid winters [3] of the North Country.

High winds and chilly temperatures [4] are a perfect time to spend a lot more minutes in a pickup with a good heater than in the field with the cattle.

 

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In the cold of winter [6] I enjoy working out on the pasture in spurts of about 12 minutes, followed by a quarter hour in the warm truck observing the grass, the cattle, and talking to fellow cattlemen on the phone.

Of course, the cattle [7] don't have that option. They must deal with the cold [8].

English cattle are better suited for and adapted to cold temperatures, winter [9] and early spring fronts than are the shorter-haired and thinner-hided Asian, African, or Mediterranean straightbred or crossbred cattle that generally carry less subcutaneous fat.

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