The prolonged cold and snow are creating challenges for livestock producers this winter. In the heart of calving season, producers are making management decisions to keep their animals safe and comfortable. According to NDSU Extension veterinarian Gerald Stokka, high risk animals should be moved closer to protection. “Try and prioritize which cows might calve first, that way your providing a better environment for those newborn calves.” Once calves are born, the next critical step is ensuring the newborns get off to a healthy start. “If a calf hasn’t nursed, their mouth will be cold,” says Stokka. If the calf is really cold, in addition to colostrum, Stokka recommends providing external ways of heating such as hot boxes or a warm water bath. Hear more of the conversation.