Save your calves from hypothermia, you don't need to bring them in the house any more.
In extremely cold conditions, Cattlemen often look for ways to warm up wet calves during freezing temps. Whether in a pickup, a bathtub, or in front of a fire, ... But sometimes first calf heifers will not take their calf back once you have taken it from her.
You no longer need to bring in your calves that are suffering from hypothermia to warm them up. With Infrared heat panels, simply put the cow and her calf in a stall with an infrared heat panel. The infrared heat is invisible light which is body penetrating heat. Your calf will warm up faster, even if wet. Far-Infrared heat will penetrate the muscles and increase circulation safely. Guaranteeing mom to have the chance to do her job and clean up the calf herself without worrying about freezing to the ground.
If at all possible with your farm/ranching operations, warm calving areas should be set up for optimum survival of those calves in extreme temperature drops. Consider cost revenue of lost calf, now add cost to maintain that cow another year waiting for her next calf. Lost genetics, if she was selelcted for her calf raising abilities. A replacement may or not meet your genetic needs.
What weight gain are you not achieving when calves in the first 30 days are using all their energy just to stay warm? Cows with good milk production may help its survival, as the calf is able to get that excess milk needed to stay warm and you may not notice the loss in potential gain. Heifers or cows without ability to create that excess milk will show cold stress in thier calves initial weight gains.
Using Infrared is a way to guarantee live and healthy calves in extreme conditions. If needed, due to location of a warming shed, Infrared panels are also generator friendly.
Infrared warming station
"Far Infrared" heat is the most effective at being absorbed, providing a deep and natural sensation of warmth without causing irritation.
If you set up a warming station, I recommend placing heating panel about 4 ft above bedding, this will give you adequate clearance and heat for calves underneath it. Also it will not harm the calf if they touch surface.
Use the 150 watt infrared panel in the cube instead of a heat lamp.
Where "heat lamps, near-infrared" ar not safe by any means. Bulb surface temp is 600 degrees and it only provides external heat with extreme fire risk.
The reason ...
The reason why infrared works for your calves ....
If temperatures reach below thermal neutral zone the calf must divert energy to maintain the optimal body temperature (Stull and Reynolds, 2008).
If calves are immediately removed from their mother’s post-partum, studies have shown that infrared heaters for the first 24 hours of life can reduce the dramatic change in temperature. The infrared heaters seemed to have a benefit on the calf’s overall health and adaptation to the new environment. The calves under heaters also spent less energy trying to stay warm, and more energy improving and developing their respiratory and digestive systems (Nagy, 2009).
Stull, C., and J. Reynolds. 2008. Calf welfare. Vet. Clin. North America: Food Anim. Practice. 24: 191-203. Nagy, D. 2009. Resuscitation and critical care of neonatal calves. Vet. Clin. North America: Food Anim. Practice. 25: 1-11.
This infrared panel uses 120 volts AC. It is 250 watts of energy. Dimensions are 20" x 20" x 1.5". * Use this product when purchasing additional whelping panels.
You will also need one rheostat for each additional panel.