Livestock can be impacted by frigid air

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We all know how cold it is right now. Of course, we can all bundle up, and try to limit our time out doors. 

But, have you ever thought about farmers and their animals?

Livestock can be especially at risk during the bitter cold.

“There could be livestock lost in this type of weather,” said Travis Edwards. Edwards is the Manager of the Penn State Dairy Cattle Research and Education Center. He said he is keeping a close eye on animals, especially on newborn livestock.

“The issue the calves have, is their stomach isn’t fully developed yet. So, they don’t get as much heat from food digestion as the older cows.”

As for the farmers, experts say they should take breaks and warm up when they’re working outside in the cold. A reminder that it is easy to forget how cold you’re getting, and hypothermia can set in faster than you’d expect.

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