Video: Winter Cattle Care

Thought I’d share this video by the Nebraska extension on caring for cattle during the winter. Most of the video is about keeping cattle comfortable and well-fed over the winter, but a lot of strategies that are good for cattle are good for the farmer too. Planning ahead and dealing with any infrastructure problems before the really cold weather hits reduces the likelihood of having to deal with an emergency when the weather is awful. Some preventative maintenance on water heaters, pipes/hoses, fences, gates, feed systems, and light fixtures can prevent problems later on, and it is important to deal with any mud or standing water before it freezes. You can also think about moving feeders around to make them as easy to access as possible over the winter. The more you can take a preventative approach, the more problems you’ll be able to avoid.