Dan’s Cow-Calf Corner Re-Warming Methods for Severely Cold-Stressed Newborn Calves

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist — The extreme cold and snowy weather has arrived at a very unfortunate time for spring calving cow herds. Cows and heifers are beginning the calving season and some newborn calves are certain to be cold stressed after arrival. Getting those cold stressed calves back to normal body temperatures as soon as possible will save the lives of some calves and increase the vigor of others. Several years ago, an Oklahoma rancher called to tell of the success he had noticed in using a warm water bath to revive new born…

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