Keep Cows' Pilot Lights Lit
Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Feb 1, 2016 02:21 PM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- Cold weather is hard on all livestock, but can be especially challenging for pregnant cows in their third trimester.

Cows require more energy in winter to stay warm and to maintain their core body temperature during prolonged periods of cold, according to Justin Waggoner, research and extension beef systems specialist at Kansas State University.

Energy is especially important for spring-calving herds with cows well into their third trimester and calving in late January/early February.

"Nutrient requirements for cows are steadily increasing as we go through the third trimester and calving, when you add on top of that ...

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