Preparing the Cow Herd for Cold Weather

Preparing the Cow Herd for Cold Weather

University of Nebraska

Moisture, high winds, and cold temperatures increase the cow’s energy requirements. Cows in an optimal body condition score (BCS 5 to 6) are better able to withstand adverse environmental conditions. As a risk management strategy at the ranch level going into the winter, reduce the number of BCS 4 cows and increase the number of BCS 5 cows in your herd.

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