When The Cold Becomes Dangerous


Sometimes, producers get so focused on caring for their animals, they neglect their health, safety, or well-being. Even with the best intentions and layers of coveralls, jackets, gloves, etc., working with livestock is often unpredictable.  What started out as a planned half hour of chores can quickly turn into three or four hours of exposure to the elements.

In periods of extreme cold temperatures, heat more readily leaves the body, especially when low temperatures are combined with high winds. Producers and their workers need to make sure that they avoid exposure that leads to frostnip, frostbite, and hypothermia.

Hypothermia occurs when body temperature falls far below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Serious motor and memory problems can arise. If body temperature is below 95 degrees, the situation is an emergency and medical assistance should be sought immediately.


Frostnip_Frostbite_Hypothermia_Summit Livestock FacilitiesSource: Ohio State University

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