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So far we've had a VERY mild winter, got down to about 10F for a week or so, currently 25F, daytime is above freezing
- Son of Butch
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Winter of 1886-87 was one of the harshest on record in the last 200 years. 60% of Roosevelt's herd died that winter.
He quit ranching in the spring of 1887 due to what came to be called the starvation winter of '87.
As with most animal populations in extreme conditions 1/3 survive and go on to replenish the population or migrate
to areas with better living conditions.
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Supposed to hit between -55 to -60F (or possibly even below that) the next 3 days. National weather service out of Duluth, MN is saying International Falls, MN (me) is supposed to be colder than we have been for many years. The last time it hit -60, must have been close to a decade ago. I can't remember exactly because I think my brain froze for a short period then. Everything will be well fed and bedded out of the wind and then just cross fingers that everything wakes up the following morning. Sometimes they don't if they are old or weak. Right now, 5:30 AM it is -10F - almost a heat wave.
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Kentucky probably gets about the same weather as you get in SE Kansas. It has been brutal over here. That is why I prefer early fall calving.
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I think the Ky temperatures are about the same, but that Kansas wind is a killer when it is cold!Bright Raven wrote: ↑Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:12 amKentucky probably gets about the same weather as you get in SE Kansas. It has been brutal over here. That is why I prefer early fall calving.
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We do cow/calf and calve in April so no calves on the cows during this weather for the most part. Last spring we had weird weather and it hit -20F and below in April for about a week. At that point calving gets hard. Checks on the cows calving every hour 24 hours a day, if anyone calved put the calf in the sleigh and take to the garage to a pen beside a wood stove. Put a fire on and dry the calf. Let it sleep and dry for an hour or 2. On with the earmuffs and back out to momma for a suck (daytime) or dried colostrum and wait till morning. Try to keep the muffs on for a couple days if possible. Chapping on the udder can get a little rough but only a week so when it warmed up it got better. Big operations calving January/February around here need big barns and usually have a heated/insulated pen or two. Don't tag calves when it's really cold - tagging messes up the circulation and the ear can freeze up to the tag. For the most part after a couple days the calves are good with shelter and lots of bedding. If it's warmer than 14F they don't need any assistance during the day, maybe towel off at night or heifer doesn't lick it good enough.
Bulls - you need to watch their scrotum in the spring for signs of frostbite on the bottom, semen test is important. Ideally lots of shelter and lots of bedding. Something I admit we need to work on.
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Shiny straight haired stuff has to hump up till the grain cart shows up, or the weather changes.
1. Healthy animals.
2. A good layer of fat - no thin cows.
3. Well fed.
4. Well bedded.
5. Out of the wind and capable of getting in to the sun.
6. Well watered. (Yes because when they eat snow they have to use body heat to melt it)
7. Some grain or corn to keep energy levels up.
I can honestly state I have been in those temps with cattle and done quite well. In my opinion, the often maligned Hereford manages this and probably better than most breeds - however almost all breeds can handle this weather when the above conditions are met.
Best to all.
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I also think that cows are better equipped to deal with extreme cold than extreme heat.
A place to get them out of the wind and some bedding is of course also important.