5 Tips for Keeping Livestock Cool

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 9, 2014 13:56 Updated

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I recently traveled to South Dakota on my motorcycle and saw many herds of cattle huddled together in the corner of a pasture.  The sun was beating down on them, and I saw no means for relief from the August heat.  Jordan Anderson, Digital Content Editor for Successful Farming and Agriculture.com  gives us 5 practices that will keep your livestock cool and safe from the effects of heat stress:

  1. SHADE: Dark-colored animals absorb more heat and many light colored animals have dark skin which results in similar absorption.  Make sure your livestock has shade!
  2. COOL WATER: Build a shade over your tank or place it where there is already shade to keep the water as cool as possible.
  3. WORK ANIMALS WHEN TEMPS ARE LOWER: Movement and digestion generate internal heat which has an impact on heat stress.
  4. AIRFLOW: Even a little air movement helps on hot days so use fans and attach spray misters.
  5. SPRINKLERS: Great for cattle that stay outdoors, sprinklers can reduce external heat in pastures or feedlots.

Keeping Cattle Cool

Here are some signs of heat stress in cattle:

  • Panting/breathing with an open mouth
  • Excessive sweating in horses or Brahman cattle
  • Trembling
  • Stumbling
  • Disorientation

Remember that if you’re feeling the effects of a hot summer day, so are your cattle.  Take care of them!

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

Resource: http://www.agriculture.com/news/livestock/5-practices-to-cool-livestock-in-august_3-ar44576?sssdmh=dm17.754257

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 9, 2014 13:56 Updated
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