Keeping livestock fed and dry crucial in cold weather

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By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As Medicine Hat and area dips in and out of extreme cold spells, the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association is sharing tips on how to best care for and protect livestock in frigid weather.
“Cattle and other livestock are a lot like us when it comes to cold temperatures,” Melissa Moggy, veterinarian and extension coordinator at AFAC, told the News. “They have a normal temperature – called their thermal-neutral zone – where they are perfectly comfortable and can maintain their body temperature… When we get into really, really cold temperatures, (livestock) are no longer able to maintain their normal body temperature without being stressed out and having to work their metabolism faster so they’re generating...continued.

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