January 17, 2013

Hypothermia, dehydration top cold weather livestock threats

When temperatures drop and the wind picks up, it’s tempting to get chores done quickly and get back into the house and out of the cold. But those frigid, blustery days are when it’s most important to take the time needed to check livestock for signs of hypothermia and dehydration.
“The emphasis needs to be on prevention,” North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian Dr. Charlie Stoltenow said. “The combination of wind and wet is the issue. By the time you see evidence of frostbite it’s usually too late.”

The Weather Network