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Take good care of your cattle this winter season

November 9, 2018

NORFOLK - Winter is just around the corner as the temperatures are beginning to drop and most of the leaves are off of the trees.

It’s important to be prepared for when winter weather does hit in the case of snow storms or bitter temperatures.

UNL Extension Educator for Cedar County Ben Beckman says when it comes to livestock, farmers can make sure their cattle are well fed and warm by classifying them by their body condition score.

“If we can keep those cattle at around a 5 or 6 body condition score that will put farmers in a really good position to know that those animals are healthy, well maintained, and they’ll be able to withstand those cold winter temperatures. Cattle below a 5 or 6 will have a harder time and require more energy and feed to combat any harsh conditions it encounters.”

Beckman says it’s very important to make sure your cattle are hydrated by making sure their water supply isn’t frozen over.

He also encourages you to have extra feed available for the cattle and make sure they have some shelter to get away from the wind.

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