Health Issues Of Livestock From Snow Storm

Oct 9, 2013

Reports of cow and calf death losses, along with displacements of herds due to drifting of snow over fence lines are still coming in. SDSU Extension Veterinarian, Russ Daly gives a summary of some health issues South Dakota ranchers may see as a result of the blizzard. Prolonged stress placed on animals, especially younger animals, due to weather events results in increased cortisol levels in the animals' bloodstream, which can have profound effects on the immune system.  Prolonged stressful events, such as the blizzard experienced over the weekend, are more significant than short-term events. SDSU Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly gave a summary of some health issues South Dakota ranchers may see as a result of the blizzard.

Russ Daly