Managing Livestock, Pastures in Extreme Winter Weather
For those who enjoy skiing, snowmen, and igloos, this winter is pure bliss compared to last year.
If you are not into winter sports or don’t like to dig your mode of transportation out of a mound of the snow and ice, spring can’t get here fast enough. Livestock are likely in the latter group.
There is a common misconception that animals will fare better out in temperatures below freezing than humans do, but in reality when the temperatures drop below 32 F, they are cold too.
During the winter, extreme temperatures, precipitation and wind can create substantial problems when raising livestock.
These nuisances may include drifting snow, repairs to fence, buildings and water sources, power outages, and limited access to pasture.