The cold is no surprise for cattle producers who typically calve in January and February. However, the abundant snow and wind are creating challenges this calving season. To combat conditions, Taylor Grussing, South Dakota State University Extension cow/calf specialist, recommends producers provide windbreaks and adequate bedding. “Anytime we can try and keep their core body temperature warmer, hopefully energy is being conserved,” says Grussing. Along with the cold comes frozen water tanks. While that can be a never-ending battle, Grussing says open water helps improve cow feed intake and digestion. “On a windy day, cows probably won’t come up to drunk very often. At night when the wind does go down, make sure water is available for them.” Listen to the story.