With temperatures reaching -40 degrees C horses and other livestock need more food and water to stay warm.

Extreme cold can be tough on farm animals

Most farm animals are naturally equipped to deal with the elements but when temperatures hit -40 degrees C such as last week

Most farm animals are naturally equipped to deal with the elements but when temperatures hit -40 degrees C such as last week, they need a little help.

Cpl. Dave Heaslip, RCMP livestock investigator, has received calls every day for the last three weeks with people concerned for the health of livestock, especially horses.

There are three things these animals need to cope with such cold temperatures: proper bedding, access to water and lots of feed. Depending on its weight, a horse needs 25 to 35 pounds of hay per day and 10 gallons of water to be healthy, explained Heaslip, and that’s in temperatures above zero degrees C.

“For every five degrees that the temperature drops you can add another five pounds (of hay) a day,” he said.

Keeping animals alive and healthy is a responsibility for owners and is governed under the Animal Protection Act, Heaslip added.

The act states when it comes to animal care, owners must:

• Ensure the animal has adequate food and water

• Provide the animal with adequate care when wounded or ill

• Provide the animal with reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold

• Provide the animal with adequate shelter, ventilation and space

Heaslip’s job is to ensure these measures are taken so animals are not in state of distress. His main goal is to teach owners proper care. There are extreme cases but mostly it’s a question of knowing how to care for animals. “We educate, we warn and we leave prosecution and charging as a last resort.”

“There’s no excuse for neglect,” Heaslip stated.

The more a horse eats the more heat is generated from its intestinal tract and with temperatures at -40 degrees C, some horses could eat up to 60 pounds of feed a day, he explained.

He suggests those who need help or see animals that need help call the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 1-800-455-9003 or call the confidential Alberta Alert Line at 1-800-506-2273. People can also call their local RCMP detachments for assistance.

Heaslip said there are agencies whose mandate is to help people and their animals. “With this snow and extreme temperatures, boy, they (animals) need a lot of food to survive.”

 

Just Posted

This year’s infield acts at the Ponoka Stampede

Niki Flundra, CrAsh Cooper return, hoop dancing added

Splash Park work has “minor rain delay”

The recent downpours may mean the work on the Splash Park will… Continue reading

Motorcyclist airlifted by STARS after collision

Incident under investigation by Ponoka RCMP

Swimming, biking and running to victory

PSC student complete triathlon race

PHOTO: Calnash roof underway

Work has begun on the covered connection between the barn and main arena

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Alberta Mountie found not guilty of dangerous driving causing pedestrian’s death

RCMP Const. Michelle Phillips also found not guilty of dangerous driving causing bodily harm

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in B.C.’s Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

Toronto Raptors and their diverse team celebrated worldwide

Team is made up of players from the U.S., Canada, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and Spain

Further murder charge laid after alleged targeted hits in two Alberta cities

Jimmy Truong, who is 27, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Louie Angelo Mojica

Stettler County denial of Paradise Shores permit upheld by SDAB

Developers refusal to provide needed information among reasons behind appeal decision

Pot edibles, topicals and extracts to hit shelves no earlier than mid-December: Ottawa

Health Canada wrapped its public consultation on the draft rules for cannabis products in February

We the North: Delirious fans celebrate as Raptors win NBA title

Supporters from all over Canada cheer Toronto’s triumph

Most Read