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Can livestock handle cold Ohio weather?



Throughout previous generations, Ohio livestock have been bred to sustain themselves through the harsh winters. They can tolerate seriously low temperatures and ice with ease as they have been bred for it since birth by farmers who know how important these traits are in successful livestock production. Below are some quick facts and insight to how cattle, hogs and horses handle cold conditions.


Can cows stay warm in the snow?

Cows are not fond of hot temperatures, but they do well in cold weather. Their normal average body temperature is 102 degrees Fahrenheit or 39 Celsius - so unless it's below 40 degrees F (4 C), a cow will be happy!


The cows' hair coat is an amazing feature in the winter. The thick skin and long fur protects them from cold, bitter weather that would otherwise cause discomfort or even death for these animals who live on little more than grass all year round!


Can pigs stay warm outside in the winter?



The best way to keep your pig happy and healthy is by providing them with a dry bedding area. Pigs packed closely in a small barn or shelter provide an excellent natural heating source, but they can be negatively impacted by excessive moisture in the air. To provide the best shelter, make sure your wind breaks do not allow air to draft around at pig level.


How do horses stay warm in the snow?



When the nights begin to get chilly, horses grow a new coat of thick hair. These winter locks stand up and trap tiny air pockets between them to create what's almost like a heavy blanket for your equine friend!

It's important for horses to have access to shelter during windy, snowy conditions. They also need a stable or open-sided shed in order not be inconvenienced by the weather and temperatures should never fall below 0°F without proper protection from cold ground zero winds blow directly on them!


In short, livestock having access to a natural or man-made windbreak and some extra feed, remember they will be just fine outdoors. So take deep breath to think about how warm your coat keeps you in the wintertime. Always take appropriate precautions and monitor weather conditions accordingly for all your outdoor pets and animals.


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