Iowa is basking in sunshine now, but winter’s icy chill is just around the corner. This means it’s time for livestock producers to get ready for winter’s challenges.

Regardless of the animals you are dealing with, there are some principles that apply to all as far as winter is concerned: have them in good body condition, make sure they have a place to get out of the wind, have good bedding to insulate them from the ground, make sure you have adequate ventilation and make sure all heating appliances they may need are functioning correctly. 

Beyond those basics, each livestock species has particular needs.