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Protect Cattle from Heat Stress

Protect Cattle From Heat Stress

Heat stress occurs when cattle are not able to dissipate heat

“Once cattle are in a severe state of heat stress, you may be too late to help them,” cautions Carl Dahlen, a NDSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist. “Having a solid management plan in place to address heat stress could pay big dividends in the form of maintained animal performance during periods of heat and in avoiding death losses in severe cases.” 

This feedlot steer is experiencing heat stress, Photo by Carl Dahlen, NDSU

Carl Dahlen, recommends producers do the following to protect cattle from heat stress:

  • Identify animals that are most susceptible to heat stress. They include feedlot animals closest to the market endpoint, very young and very old animals, and those with dark hides.
  • Develop an action plan to deal with heat stress.
  • Know when to intervene. A combination of factors, including temperature and humidity, drives heat stress.

Being proactive is the best way to deal with heat stress in cattle

See the complete story at:  http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/newsreleases/2013/july-15-2013/protect-cattle-from-heat-stress   or contact Carl.Dahlen at 701-231-5588

Also check out the publication AS1615: Dealing with HEAT STRESS in Beef Cattle Operations

Page one of publication AS1615, updated July 2012

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