The immediate impacts of this winter’s snow storms, including widespread death loss among stranded cattle, have been widely reported. Additional negative effects, however, could emerge this spring as calving season approaches across the Plains region.
Veterinarian Rick Sibbel, director of Global Ruminant Technical Services for Schering Plough Animal Health, notes that when pastures and rangeland are covered with deep snow for extended time, cows can lose body condition quickly. Without adequate supplementation, nutritional deficiencies in the cow herd could lead to calving difficulties and lower quantity and quality of colostrum.
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