Winter took a toll on cattle health
by Aimee Nielson, UK Ag News
Mar 26, 2014 | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<i>Aimee Nielson/UK Agriculture Communications</a>
Aimee Nielson/UK Agriculture Communications
LEXINGTON – Producers should consider supplemental feed to help cattle through the next month to six weeks until grass is growing and is past the “watery” stage. Energy and protein are both crucial.

Most winters take a toll on cattle, but this winter has been tougher than most. Temperatures have been colder, leading to extended periods of livestock cold stress. Ice and snow cover was relentless and more than most Kentucky beef producers have seen in the past 15 to 20 years.

All cattle are susceptible to these adverse conditions especially if they are older or they are not getting the proper nutrients.

“These cows are frequently in poor body condition with no body fat stores, and have a rumen full of forage material (hay) and may be described as ‘bloated’ by the producer,” said Michelle Arnold, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension veterinarian.

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