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Let's prepare for the cold: How to protect cows and calves

Cold weather is upon us and with it comes bitter cold which can pose a challenge for dairy cows and calves. Below we dust off some simple tips to help them overcome the most critical period.

Why is Cold a Problem? Dairy cows, like all animals, have an ideal body temperature for their well-being and milk production. When temperatures drop, they must use more energy to maintain their body temperature, which can lead to a decrease in milk production.

How to Protect Cows and Calves from the Cold

1. Provide Adequate Shelter The first step in protecting your cows from the cold is to provide adequate shelter. Stables should be well insulated and free from drafts. Remember, however, that ventilation is still important to prevent moisture buildup and bacterial growth. Calves, in particular, can be vulnerable to cold weather due to their still-developing immune systems and low body fat. Providing them with warm, dry shelter is important, calves should be housed in well-insulated shelters that protect them from wind and rain. The floor should be covered with a generous amount of straw to provide additional insulation. Even for them, although it might seem counterintuitive, it is important to maintain good ventilation even during the winter. This helps prevent moisture buildup that can lead to breathing problems.

2. Provide Adequate Food and Water During the winter months, cows will need more food to maintain their body temperature. Make sure you provide them with adequate, high-quality nutrition. Furthermore, drinking water should always be available and not frozen. Calves will need more energy to maintain their temperature during the cold months. Drinking water for calves should always be available and not frozen. You may need to use water heaters to prevent freezing.

Give cows and calves supplements that can enhance resistance to the cold.

3. Use Calf Blankets For calves/heifers that are particularly sensitive to the cold, the use of special blankets may be useful. These blankets are designed to keep pets warm without restricting their mobility. Finally, it is important to carefully monitor their health during the winter months. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to protecting your calves from the cold.

4. Monitor the Health of Cows and Calves Finally, it is important to carefully monitor the health of your cows during the winter months. Watch for signs of hypothermia, such as tremors, lethargy, and decreased milk production.

Boost the Immune System of Cows and Calves with Happy Echisan Fluid

We've seen how winter can be a difficult time for cows and calves, with the cold testing their immune systems. Fortunately, there are products like Happy Echisan Fluid that can help boost pets' immune systems and keep them healthy during the colder months.

How does it work? Echinacea Angustifolia is one of the most studied plants from a scientific point of view. It is known for its properties that help maintain a state of well-being . This makes it a great choice to help boost calves' immune systems during the winter months.

How to Use Happy Echisan Fluid? Before using Happy Echisan Fluid, it is important to shake the product well . You can then feed it to cows or calves as part of their usual ration.

Conclusion While winter can present challenges, with the right preparation and attention, dairy cows can thrive despite the cold. Remember, cow welfare is directly linked to the quality of the milk they produce.

Therefore, protecting them from the cold is not only about well-being but also about productivity!🐄❄️

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