Cold weather can be a killer on the farm

Calves are less tolerant to cold temperatures than cattle.

When temperatures plummet and approach freezing, the energy needs of cattle and calf increases. As a result of this, a calf will be using so much energy and body reserves to keep warm na this results in decreasing growth rates.

The stress of using body tissue to maintain energy levels causes the immune system to be depressed and less responsive to disease and health challenges.

Housing, bedding and other measures can help, but if the management of cold weather cattle feed is not kept up, energy resources will be diverted from growth and immune function, and calves will not gain weight, and will be more susceptible to disease.

Crediton Milling in Devon are producers and suppliers of lamb and sheep feed and offer carefully researched sheep feed advice.

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