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Providing Optimal Cattle Care in Cold and Snow

I got a call from a Kansas cattleman the other day, and the first question he asked me was, "Are you alive or have you frozen yet?" Frankly, with temperatures well below zero last week, it was a pretty legitimate question to ask. With a blizzard coming our way in the next couple of days, it's a good reminder for all producers to consider some important tips and tricks to winterize your cattle pens and provide optimal care for your cows in the difficult winter months.

In a recent article titled, "Cold and Calves," published by the South Dakota State University Extension Extra, there are some great pointers for producers to consider during the stressful days of cold, snow and ice. It's important to pay attention to the needs of your cattle, and as some readers have stressed to me lately, now is a good time to send out a reminder for all cattlemen that we need to be extra diligent in caring for these cattle in the winter months and showing our consumers the efforts we make to keep them safe and healthy in the cold season.

If you're like my family's operation, we will be calving shortly, and proper preparation and planning can really help producers during winter calving season. For more information on this topic, link to the article here. Stay warm out there, cowboys!

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