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Fall Project Guide - Tractor Supply Co.

Fall Project Guide - Winter Feeding and Watering

With colder, winterlike weather, there is a need to address the way you provide feed and water to your animals.


Fall Project Guide - Winter Feeding and Watering - Steps

Having Plenty of Water is Essential

  • Without adequate water, livestock can quickly dehydrate
  • Check tanks several times a day and break any ice that forms

 

Tank Heaters are Essential

  • Most are submersible, and better units have a thermostat that will shut down if temperatures rise and heat is not required

 

Propane Tank Heaters

  • Eliminates the need for electricity so they can be used in remote pastures
  • Inspect heaters and tank regularly

 

 

 

Heated Buckets

  • Great for a small number of animals
  • Need to be used inside a shelter versus being out in the elements
  • Requires electricity and some way to secure the bucket to the wall or floor

 

Cold Weather Means More Feed

  • Animals require more feed to burn the extra calories they need to maintain body temperature
  • Energy can be provided by increasing the amount of hay or other feed

 

Supplement Hay with Grain

  • Hay provides excellent energy
  • When hay is in short supply during hard winters, supplementing with grain – oats, barley, wheat, etc. – may be more available and cost effective