Heat stress in cattle is a concern
July 7, 2020 By Ken Anderson Filed Under: Ag Weather, Livestock, Livestock, Nebraska, News
As hot weather continues, heat stress in cattle becomes a greater concern.
University of Nebraska Extension beef educator Erin Laborie says
the combination of hot temperatures, high humidity and lack of air movement can
result in severe cases of heat stress for cattle.
“Especially when we look at those overnight temperatures
that are remaining above 70 degrees. Our cattle really have a hard time
recovering from those heat episodes and preparing for the next day’s heat,” Laborie
says. “So that’s when we see things like reduced feed intake and gains—and in
very extreme cases, we can see deaths in cattle.”
Laborie says two key strategies to help mitigate heat stress are making sure cattle have plenty of water and providing shade if possible.
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