Is my calves’ bedding dry?

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Calves can experience a 60 percent greater loss in body heat when their bedding is wet.

Here are two ways to check if the bedding under your calves is dry or not, says Sarah Morrison with the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y.

• Determine the moisture content. If it takes less than 15 minutes to get a consecutive reading of similar weights using a Koster Moisture Tester, the bedding is dry. However, if you leave the bedding on the tester longer and the weight continues to drop, the bedding is too wet.

• Kneel in the bedding. If you feel your pants getting damp after 15 to 20 seconds, the bedding is too wet.

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