5 Tips for Keeping Livestock Cool
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:
- 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!
- COOL WATER: Build a shade over your tank or place it where there is already shade to keep the water as cool as possible.
- WORK ANIMALS WHEN TEMPS ARE LOWER: Movement and digestion generate internal heat which has an impact on heat stress.
- AIRFLOW: Even a little air movement helps on hot days so use fans and attach spray misters.
- SPRINKLERS: Great for cattle that stay outdoors, sprinklers can reduce external heat in pastures or feedlots.
Here are some signs of heat stress in cattle:
- Panting/breathing with an open mouth
- Excessive sweating in horses or Brahman cattle
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