Aug. 8 2022
Certain signs of heat stress are relatively easy to notice by simply looking around the barn – rapid breathing or panting, cows bunching, and reduced feed intake, for instance
July 21 2022
The best time to strategize about heat stress mitigation is early spring when there is still some frost on the ground in the mornings
June 7 2021
A common misconception is that calves don’t experience heat stress. They are more tolerant of heat than other age groups of cattle but can still experience heat stress losses from in utero
June 3 2021
Uncooled dry cows have lower milk production throughout their lactation, found a University of Florida study, but that’s not all
May 27 2021
As the hot summer months continue on, it is important to revisit the topic of heat stress
Sept. 3 2020
Nearly every year we have had severe heat stress within our dry cow group. This happened for the most part because they were used to living life
Aug. 10 2020
Bunching of animals is a common problem in dairy facilities during summer months. It can be very frustrating as it is often difficult to determine what is causing cattle to bunch
July 23 2020
July has arrived in full force, and those summer temperatures have brought along heat stress. Fortunately, several strategies can help to alleviate those risks and limit their long-term effects
June 29 2020
This week is forecasted to be hot in nearly every dairy producing part of the country. Month-long predictions have much of the same with above average temperatures expected for all of July
June 22 2020
The value of water to cow comfort cannot be understated. It’s useful to remember that, in times of potential heat stress, water is not only necessary for drinking but can also help cows release excess...
June 8 2020
Heat stress is back for the summer. The most important tool to deal with rising temperatures is airflow, according to John Tyson of Penn State Extension
April 8 2020
Heat stress abatement is not a novel concept to those in dairy circles. Decades of research indicate that heat-stressed lactating dairy cows will reduce feed intake and drop milk production
May 30 2019
Each year, we go through rain spells and dry spells, hot spells and cold spells. When it is cold, we are thinking about how nice hot weather would be, and when it is hot, we dream about how good that cold...
May 10 2019
What’s the best heat stress abatement practice? Standing? No. That’s not the correct answer, but if you watch a pen of cows that are experiencing heat stress, it sometimes appears to be their...
April 29 2019
Conducting a heat-focused audit this summer could let your cows tell you when they are stressed, shared Cassandra Tucker at the recent TriState Dairy Nutrition Conference
Feb. 18 2019
When it is hot outside, the future of your herd is impacted — and that is not just while the temperature is elevated
Feb. 15 2019
Heat stress during late gestation has significant negative effects on the productivity of the cow in the next lactation. Emerging evidence suggests that the developing fetus is also negatively impacted,...
June 27 2017
The official first week of summer brought hot summer temperatures to the Northwest. We don’t see major heat waves like many other parts of the country, but it definitely gets our attention when temperatures...
May 25 2017
While approximately 90 percent of current freestall housing relies upon natural ventilation, there is a growing number of new facilities using a wide range of systems from tunnel to cross ventilation
May 1 2017
Summer will soon arrive, and our cows will be feeling the heat. According to Nigel Cook, MRCVS, cows are becoming impacted by heat stress at lower and lower temperatures