Protecting Livestock in the Cold

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The recent cold blasts do more than just give us the sniffles, they can, and are killing livestock across the country.

Wayne Bilhimer, a cattle farmer in Rockingham County, said calves are the most vulnerable to the below freezing temperatures we are expecting Monday.

Bilhimer checks in on his cattle multiple times a day, but a heifer could calve at any time.

He said he tries to breed his heifers so they will give birth in the spring, which helps avoid the stress of possibility losing a calf.

"I need to dry it off as quick as I can. Usually the mothers will do it, they'll lick their calf, dry it off, clean it off. But the calf can freeze to death before, with these temperatures, before you have a chance to dry it off. I did have a heifer, this was her first calf, she was a first time heifer, she calved the other day and her calf actually didn't make it," said Bilhimer.

Bilhimer also tries to take a calf inside if he knows a heifer is about to calve, but sometimes you don't always know.


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