Heat Stress in Your Herd

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Summer time brings beach days and waves, but it also brings high temperatures that can negatively affect your livestock. These increasing temperatures can not only be uncomfortable for the animal, but it can also affect fetus development, semen quality, and average daily gains. Some symptoms of heat stress include:

  • Increased breathing rate
  • Restlessness
  • Increased standing time
  • Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth
  • Isolation

Some ways to make sure your herd is staying cool this summer is by ensuring adequate shade for each animal and providing extra water sources. Continuously check your water sources to ensure proper flow. When at all possible, avoid transporting and processing animals especially during the hottest parts of the day. When necessary work or transport animals in the early morning ensuring a low stress environment. Observe the herd regularly to monitor any abnormal behavior.

Sources: Michigan State University