The Arctic blast that’s driven down temperatures in most of the U.S. comes at the worst possible time for many beef cattle producers whose cows are calving right now. Ranchers from Montana to Kansas have reported calves lost just hours after being born in sharply lower-than-normal temperatures. Experts say there are a few steps to go through to ensure your cows calve where and when they should (though many ranchers will argue that’s impossible) and ensuring newborn calves get what they need shortly after birth to survive, even when the temperature is below zero. Quick action now does more than just keeps calves alive; it helps prevent those calves from developing health problems later in life because of early challenges. Get more ideas to keep your herd safe.