Pol'r Plunge Facts
- Winter presents new challenges to maintaining herd health. With water sources generally frozen, livestock managers must be sure that their herd has access to an ample water supply, which can require up to 14 gallons a day per head of cattle.
- As winter temperatures drop, energy requirements of livestock increase. In many cases, feeding livestock roughage is more desirable because it provides more heat during the digestion process.
- Winter mud and moisture can contribute to serious issues in horses; in horses with thrush, a bacterial infection, muddy conditions can exacerbate the issue, and the moisture in mud aids parasite survival.
- Horses should have their shoes removed during the winter months to prevent ice buildup, and the chance of slipping on snow and ice. When shoeless, the rough frozen ground can cause trauma to the hoof possibly leading to founder (laminitis).
- Since 2008, Special Olympics Michigan has raised 2.17 million dollars. In 2012, over 4,000 polar plunge participants raised more than $900,000 to benefit the Michigan Special Olympics athletes.
- Goats are organized into a hierarchy or 'chain of command'. Rather than living in a constant state of aggression towards one another as they compete for the same resources, goats sometimes employ ritualized shows of dominance such as vocalizations or the threat of a head butt to maintain order without expending unnecessary energy.
- Goats can become infected with worms if they graze in contaminated pastures. Worms can be the underlying cause of anemia, diarrhea, and dehydration; they can lower growth rates and cause other illness and even death.
- A Displaced Abomasum (DA) is a condition in which one of four stomach chambers of a cow shifts out of its normal position causing a build up of gas and the possibility of an obstruction that can be life threatening.
- Abomasal Displacements (DA) are relatively rare in beef cattle, more frequently they occur in dairy cows. Other factors including recent calving or changes in diet or exercise can also contribute to a DA.
- Approximately two-thirds of a horses' weight is concentrated on its front limbs. Maintaining structural soundness in the front legs is essential to the health and livelihood of the horse.
- Once a horse experiences tendon or ligament damage, its body will generate new connective tissue, however, it is rare that the repaired structure will ever match its previous strength or function
- During the heat cycle some dogs may become irritable or anxious, due to hormonal spikes; female dogs that are spayed do not go through these hormonal cycles therefore their behavior is more consistent.
- Laser therapy rehabilitation uses heat generated from a beam of light to penetrate the nerve tissue. It can be used for a variety of applications from post surgery wound healing to treating chronic injuries.
Winterizing the Herd
Thrush in Horses
Displaced Abomasum (Rosie the Cow)
Vaginal Prolapse (China)
Laser Light Therapy (Buddy)