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Turn Up the Thermostat!

Winter is officially here and with that a change to colder weather. While it may be easy for us to put on another layer (or three) of clothing or place another “log on the fire” to help keep us warm, it’s not that easy for our animals.  They rely on our support to help them through challenging weather situations. With that in mind, here are some tips to help keep them comfortable and safe during our cold winter months.

  • Feed: Animals may burn up to 30%+ more energy just to stay warm.  Make sure they have the extra calories in their diet or they will burn energy from their body stores. This extra energy can be given by adding oil or fat to the ration which allows the animal to get a concentrated source of energy since fat or oil has 2.25 times more energy than corn for the same volume.  Oil or fat also releases heat slower over time while something like extra corn will burn more quickly in their bodies and then the animals will be cold again.  However, one challenge with oils and fats is that the cold temperature tends to make them a little hard and handling becomes less convenient. This is one place that something like roasted whole soybeans works very well. 


  • Hay: Offer a lower quality (higher fiber) hay.  It will take more energy to digest the fiber and the energy it makes tends to be burned off quickly as a heat source rather than a work energy source. BUT make sure the animal still gets all the nutrients it needs.


  • Water: Make sure they have unfrozen water (heated buckets are wonderful).   Also check for stray voltage, usually in the more permanent facets, for they will not drink if they get a shock.  And watch their feed intake.  If they stop eating, look at the water situation first.


  • Shelters: Shelter is one of the first things all animals will seek.  It does not need to be fancy.  Even a wind break will help prevent the cold air from removing warm trapped air in their hair coat. Preventing an animal from getting wet should also be a goal. Getting the hair wet will remove the warm insulting property of the trapped warm air. Provide shelter with plenty of air movement (but no drafts on the animals).  Confining animals in an enclosed shelter may be warmer but the humidity will quickly increase which may in turn create respiratory concerns.  One other way to make shelters more comfortable for animals is to use round bales of hay inside the barn as a wind break in front of the door where the animals come in and go out.


  • Extra Care for Older Animals: It’s important to remember that older animals don’t always handle the cold as well.  Putting horse blankets on senior horses, an old t-shirt on your favorite girl dog before she goes out to use the bathroom, leaving the garage door slightly cracked for the cats to come in and putting a heat lamp in the chicken coop are all extra efforts that will increase animal comfort.


Animals are usually very well equipped to keep warm in the colder weather but with some early planning and observations, we can help prevent any cold weather issue with our animals.

Stop in at your local Hubbard Feeds dealer and ask about our line of Hubbard® Life products.

Posted on 1/27/2014 by Dr. Ed Bonnette  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty, Game Bird, Chinchilla, Guinea Pig, Alpaca, Llama, Deer, Ratite, Pigeon, Rat and Mouse, Bison
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Are You Ready for Lambing Season? We've got the products you need to keep your lambs healthy

Hubbard® Life has several products designed for your flock.  You can learn more about these products made specifically for lambs and sheep by visiting the Sheep Section of our website or at your local Hubbard dealer.

Hubbard Feeds offers several other products that should be on hand at the outset of lambing.  On the farm ‘newborn’ animals are the most vulnerable and require the greatest degree of care and attention.  Their relatively small size exposes them to the elements and things can go bad quickly.  It is important that adequate shelter be provided for those first few weeks of life.  Of all the animals, lambs seem especially vulnerable; again their size is a big part of the equation.  The milk and other feed that they need must be nutrient rich as their capacity to eat is small making each bite critical that it be packed full of nutrition. 

Following is some information on some products that will help during this most stressful time of life for a new-born lamb. 

Hubbard® Life Multi-Species Milk Replacer (36548)
Used to replace or supplement the mother’s milk. It comes in a small package and can be resealed and frozen for later use. Can be mixed with warm water or used as a top dress.

OptiPrime™ Colostrum Replacer and Supplement (29845)
Each 500 gram packet of OptiPrime™ contains 150 grams of globulin protein, 20% highly digestible fat, key vitamins and minerals, and is formulated with NeoTec4 essential fatty acid technology to support optimum immune system development, intestinal health, and meet critical energy requirements.

OptiLamb Paste (8039)
Baby lambs are vulnerable to a wide range of health challenges and environmental stress in the first weeks of life. OptiLamb paste can help support the lamb’s digestive system when they are exposed to the pathogens that can result in scours, dehydration and, in severe circumstances, death. OptiLamb provides a source of beneficial bacteria and antibodies to help restore normal digestive function during challenging times.

Hubbard Lamb Milk Replacer (7485)
Hubbard Lamb Milk Replacer provides highly digestible, all-milk protein. Feeding an all-milk based milk replacer typically results in greater lamb performance. Hubbard Lamb Milk Replacer is acidified, this reduces bacterial spoilage, increases shelf life, and typically reduces the incidence of scours and improves lamb performance.  (25 lb. bag)

Commercial Sheep Program
Hubbard Sheep Feeds are formulated specifically for lambs and sheep on larger, commercial farms.

CRYSTALYX® Sheep-lyx™ and Premium Goat & Sheep™ Barrels (7248 & 700R)
These nutrient dense supplements are 16% and 24% protein respectively. By offering these products you can improve forage intake and digestion in all classes of sheep.

Posted on 1/10/2014 by Dr. Dave Whittington  |  Category: Sheep
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