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COLD CATTLE: How Livestock Handle Weather

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The drop in temperature seems to take a toll on everyone, but those raising cattle say it’s the change in wind direction that`s creating challenges.

Cattle/feedlot manager Brian Sampson says most in the livestock business design their buildings to shield their cattle from the northern winds. Sampson says, “If the wind was from the north we could stand in that building or this one right here and we wouldn`t even know this wind was going on.”

But Friday the wind came from the south.

Experts say cattle are built to handle harsh weather conditions. But Sampson says it makes it harder for him to keep conditions consistent, which is crucial for his cattle.

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