When we get cold we can put on something to keep us warm. But what happens to animals when they get cold?
Well who wraps them up? Recently a dairy farmer shared an adorable image on Twitter that shows how animals keep warm with earmuffs!
Newborn calves are most at risk for frostbite because “they are wet and because they have a large surface area in relation to their total body mass.”
So it turns out ear muffs for calves to stop them getting frostbite are a real thing… pic.twitter.com/KiiAbTaRYV
— Cans Moleman (@ThisFarmingMan_) June 25, 2019
Also they are unable to regulate their body temperature. As with humans, “the extremities are most at risk” for calves.
“Frozen ears and tails result in changes of cattle appearance but do not affect cattle performance significantly. Frozen feet generally result in a calf that must be put to sleep or will die. Occasionally teats of a recently calved cow freeze resulting in mastitis and frequently loss of milk production in at least one quarter of the udder.”
To combat the cold Whittier recommends farmers supply windbreakers, provide dry bedding, house calving cows and calves when the temperatures reach below 10º F. Obviously farmers can also provide their cattle with cute earmuffs!
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