Dan’s Cow-Calf Corner Managing Cows in Severe Cold Weather

Mark Z. Johnson, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist — Winter has arrived in Oklahoma. Hopefully all your cows are at a Body Condition Score (BCS) of 5 or better. When this is the case, cows can remain comfortable at temperatures in the 20 – 30 degree Fahrenheit range as long as it is dry with little wind. Adequate BCS means cows have adequate fat reserves to provide some insulation and to be used as an energy reserve. Nutritional requirements of cows can be found in the OSU Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet E-974. Severe cold, wet and windy…

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