Animal Heat Stress Management
July 5, 2012
The following resources are aimed at helping livestock farmers respond to the current high heat conditions:
- Dry lotting your cows allows pasture to recover after drought - Drought conditions call for a drylot plan to avoid pasture stress.
- Feed planning and management, more critical this year than in the past - Hay and forage production planning will be critical in 2012 as weather conditions are pushing total potential production levels lower, which will impact overall profitability on your farm.
- Seven practical heat stress abatement strategies - Minimize heat stress in your dairy cows by following these strategies.
- Heat stress affects heifers and growth rate - Cooling cows is well known to have an economic return, but there are advantages to keeping heifers comfortable too.
- Heat stress in dairy cattle - Heat stress causes major economic loss for Michigan dairy producers.
- Managing for reproductive success of dairy cattle during the heat - Cow-cooling is key to managing reproductive challenges due to heat stress.
Sheep and Goats
- Avoid heat stress in your sheep and goats - Make sure your sheep and goats have access to plenty of clean fresh water on hot, humid days.
- Heat stress in horses -When summer temperatures soar, caution and common sense must be used if or when exercising your horse to avoid heat stress.
- Help your horse handle the heat this summer - As you already know, it looks like this summer will be another scorcher. Here are a few tips that will keep you and your horse safe in this season’s heat.