Harsh winter hard on livestock in Ky.

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 8:01 AM

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — The bitter cold this winter is making survival difficult for some livestock in central Kentucky.

Madison County solid waste coordinator Scott Tussey told county officials on Tuesday that his staff has removed 200 head of dead livestock from farms in the last 27 working days. The Richmond Register (http://bit.ly/1aVn9fr) reports the cold weather is the cause of many deaths.

Madison County extension agent Brandon Sears says the harsh winter has been especially hard on calves.

"It's the cold temperatures combined with the wind," he said. "They (newborn calves) are covered in fluid. If the mother can't get them licked off and get them suckling soon, they're in danger."

He says that animals are in danger from freezing temperatures as well as getting stuck in pockets of mud when there's a warming trend.

He advised farmers to play close attention to when births are due and to try to move mothers and calves inside barns.

He said it is also important to make sure livestock gets extra food when temperatures are low.

"When temperatures drop below zero with a lot of wind, the energy needs of livestock can increase by as much as a third just to maintain body temperatures," Sears said.

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Information from: Richmond Register, http://www.richmondregister.com

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