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A herd of cattle group together for warmth on a cold day in a feedlot near Toad Lake last week.

The cold facts of winter stress on cattle

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Cattle exposed to cold require more energy (but not protein) for maintenance. Performance can be reduced if action is not taken to provide more energy or providing shelter. Some suggestions for reducing winter stress and maintaining production in cold weather are:

1. Provide windbreaks and shelters to reduce wind speed.

2. Have lots with south slopes in area where average temperatures are higher and moisture conditions are lower.

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