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Put calves in the hot seat

Tue, 12/01/2015

A warming box can save young calves born during the frigid cold.

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By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

There’s definitely a chill in the air, and for those of us in Northern climates, that chill is not going away any time soon.

Falling temperatures add to the challenges newborn calves face. With wet hair and just 2 to 4 percent body fat, these young animals are susceptible to frostbite, illness and even death when temperatures drop below freezing.

Some of these risks can be minimized if calves are dried quickly and thoroughly shortly after birth. This process can be sped up by placing calves in a warm environment. Commercially made warming boxes are available for farms to purchase, while other dairies have designed their own warming rooms or boxes. Read more

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