Here are a few common-sense tips from University of Missouri Extension to keep in mind when winter weather hits your livestock operation.
* Move animals to sheltered areas (tree shelterbelt, fence windbreak, shed, barn). Shelterbelts, when properly laid out and oriented, are better protection for livestock than confining shelters such as sheds.
* Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas.
* Have water available. Most animals die from dehydration in winter storms.
In addition to livestock, make sure your stock dogs and pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.
* To keep you up-to-date on weather situations this winter, check out these Web sites:
www.crh.noaa.gov, or www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/index.shtml.
Source: Foresight Newsletter, MU Extension.