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Bundled up in scarfs, hats and gloves, families across the country are bracing for ice and snow with wind chills in the single digits.
Piglets need extra help staying warm, so they sleep under heating lamps with the barn temperature set at about 85.A few short days later, the calf was in full health and frolicking in the fresh snow.While this seems like an anomaly, it goes to illustrate the genuine passion and care agriculturalists have for the animals they raise.All modern chicken houses have a computer system that controls the lights, temperature and ventilation.When chicks arrive to the farm from the hatchery, the houses are pre-warmed to feel like summertime.Farmers are the 24/7 caretakers of livestock and poultry – whether it’s 64 degrees or -2 degrees!
Broiler chickens (raised for meat) are usually raised indoors, so they don’t have to worry about the cold weather.
On this cold and snowy day, exactly that had happened.
After giving birth, the mother cow had done what she was biologically conditioned to do—lick her new offspring clean and stand the calf up for the first taste of colostrum (nutrient-rich milk of the cow present after the cow gives birth).
As the chickens grow, they’ll be able to more easily regulate their body temperatures so farmers turn the thermostat dial down 10-20 degrees.
Turkey barns also come equipped with fancy computer systems to ensure the temperature is just right for the birds, especially with a lot of turkey farms in Minnesota where it often gets into the negative digits!
Cautiously approaching the cow, he scooped up the calf and placed it on the floorboard of his truck with the heater going full force.