USDA research shows just how important it is to keep calves dry in cold weather.
The study took place at the
The research team found that the cold-environment calves experienced greater incidence of respiratory disease, but no significant difference in growth rates. They did, however, consume more starter during weeks five to seven, and showed mild negative-energy balance based on laboratory blood evaluation.
Some of the keys to helping calves survive cold weather are providing fresh, free-choice starter and clean, unfrozen water; keeping them dry; and avoiding exposure to drafts, says Brian Nonnecke, microbiologist at the USDA facility.