When working cattle in the cold, make sure facilities are ready to go
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin
Inclement weather creates more challenge when processing cattle — whether preg-checking, vaccinating, weaning, or giving cows precalving vaccinations or delousing treatments in mid-winter. Veterinarian Eric Laporte, of Nagel and Co. Veterinary Services, Cow-Calf Health Management Solutions, Crossfield, Alta., Canada, reminds producers that if snow on the top rail of your running chute falls onto the cattle as they go through, it may interfere with the efficacy of delousing or deworming with a pour-on product. Knock the snow off facilities before you start to put cattle through.