By Augusta Hagen
A hard frost and cooler temperatures mean winter will be here before we know it.
The thermal-neutral zone for a calf under 3 weeks of age is 59 to 78 degrees F. When temperatures dip below 59 degrees, the calf can start to experience cold stress and not grow as efficiently as possible. In October, the average temperature can hover around 50 degrees, which is why it is a good time to start preparing for winter calf care. As we all know, winter can be tough on calves, but simple management and feeding strategies can make the winter go more smoothly.