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Calf Canvas Rugs

Prevent Cold Stress With Calf Rugs

Cattle are warm blooded creatures, so it is vital that they maintain their body temperature year round. This can be difficult during the winter months and cause what is known as cold stress.

Cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia, slowing down physiological and metabolic processes.   When its cold and you see a calf hunch over head down and on it's own can be a sign of cold stress, leading to hypothermia.

In addition to cold stress negatively impacting your animal's health, it can also greatly impact your budget. As body temperature drops, your calf will eat more to try to increase their energy. This leads to higher feed costs for you.

If the extra feed is not available, the cows will lose weight, which leads to losing any fat they have stored. As that fat decreases, the lower the body temperatures drop, resulting in even more lost weight. 

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent cold stress from hurting your animals. Some of the most important steps include the following:

  • Keep up with the weather. When you know it is going to be cold, keep feed up to your calves.

  • Be sure that clean drinking water is available.

  • Keep your calves dry, clean, and protected from the wind. This includes their bodies and their bedding.

  • One way to meet these requirements is with the use of calf blankets or a calf  ICU Small Animal Rugs has just the calf canvas rug for you.

  • They are made from 12oz. canvas that is both waterproof and moisture wicking- both of which keep your calves dry. They are windproof, keeping any cold drafts from affecting their body temperature. They are also easy to keep clean.

By using ICU Small Animal Rug  canvas calf rug, you will be helping keep your animals' body temperatures up. And while you will likely still need an increased amount of food, ICU's products can prevent that increase from going too high. They will also help you keep your animals healthy, making them an incredible investment.

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