How Farm Show animals handle the cold

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 8, 2014 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The extreme cold can be stressful, even on livestock.

But the farmers attending the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg are taking appropriate measures to keep their animals safe.

Heather Fessler, of Robesonia, Berks County, says the most important thing for her 30 head of Angus cattle is to change their water so it doesn't freeze.

"The cattle can handle it though," she says. "They have hair, they have lots of fat."

Alpacas are another animal that does well in the cold, according to Joyce Carnall, who owns a farm in Mount Pleasant Mills, Snyder County.

"Mine will lay out during a snow storm, and they'll have snow piled 8 inches high on them, and it can't melt because they are so insulated by their fleece," she explains.

But Carnall notes her alpacas have a shelter to escape the wind.

Some horse owners at the Farm Show say they leave the manure in the horses' stalls during cold snaps to help generate heat.

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