How To Pro­tect Live­stock In Ex­treme Weather

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS -

Ex­treme weather is sel­dom fun for any­one. Although peo­ple of­ten have the means to es­cape in­clement weather, an­i­mals are at the mercy of their care­givers. Pro­tect­ing an­i­mals dur­ing ex­treme weather is not re­stricted to do­mes­ti­cated pets. Those who have live­stock on their prop­er­ties must rec­og­nize that these an­i­mals will need var­i­ous lev­els of care as well. An­i­mals such as chick­ens, cat­tle, goats, and lla­mas can be ad­versely af­fected by ex­treme weather. In­di­vid­u­als can heed these safety guide­lines to avoid sub­ject­ing such an­i­mals to the stress, dis­com­fort and ill­ness that can re­sult from ex­po­sure to ex­treme weather. One of the best ways to safe­guard live­stock from ex­treme weather is to en­sure they have a place to es­cape the el­e­ments. An­i­mals can get sun­burned and may over­heat, so make sure shel­ters can block the sun’s rays on hot days while also al­low­ing for air to cir­cu­late through the dwelling. It’s also key that the shel­ter be ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing all of the an­i­mals at the same time. Live­stock shel­ters do not have to be com­pli­cated. They can be as elab­o­rate as a barn or as sim­ple as car­ports or tarps and shade cloth. Ac­cess to fresh, clean wa­ter is also es­sen­tial. De­hy­dra­tion can set in, par­tic­u­larly for an­i­mals with thick coats or those that are young or el­derly. An­i­mals tend to ex­pend a lot of en­ergy to cool down or stay warm, so they will need an am­ple sup­ply of wa­ter to re­main hy­drated and healthy. Stand­ing wa­ter can be­come a breed­ing ground for par­a­sites and in­sect lar­vae. There­fore, change wa­ter fre­quently to make sure it is sanitary.

An­i­mals such as cat­tle, chick­ens, goats, and lla­mas can be ad­versely af­fected by ex­treme weather.

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