A farmer has been hard at work caring for his 85 head cow-calf herd North East of Okotoks during this deep freeze.

James Jenkins says the goal is to put some body fat on their cows in the Summer and Fall before heading into the cold months, which involves preparation and planning all year round.

"Once we get into the winter time, we have it formulated how many pounds (of feed) they require a day for maintenance, and or to gain weight."

Jenkins notes the animals get more feed when they get into extremely cold temperatures.

He says they also ensure the cattle have warm straw bedding and shelter from nearby trees or wood wind breaks.

"It doesn't matter if you have one cow or 500 cows, you still have to go out and make sure they're good, make sure their waterers aren't frozen and check for sick animals."

When checking the cows, Jenkins explains the snow on the animal's back is actually good.

"It's telling you that the cow has really good insulation and they're not running a fever. If they're running a fever and not feeling good, then you'll see that snow melt off, and it won't be on the back of that one animal."

Jenkins says the cows are made to handle the extreme cold with their thick hides and heavy hair coat.

 

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