Managing cold stress in cattle
We have been very fortunate that our winter climate has been fairly mild so far, but as you know, in Kansas, weather conditions can change rapidly!
Thanks to Dr. Justin Waggoner, K-State Research and Extension, Beef Systems specialist, for sharing information about managing cold stress in cattle.
Most cattle producers appreciate that cold weather increases nutrient requirements. However, what increases? And by how much? Cattle are most comfortable within the thermo-neutral zone when temperatures are neither too warm nor cold. The upper and lower boundaries of the thermo-neutral zone are referred to as the upper and lower critical temperature.
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