Preventing heat stress in a long, hot summer

In the words of country music star Keith Urban: “It’s going to be a long, hot summer.”

That’s according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), whose recent global report states 2018 is shaping up to be the fourth hottest year on record.

2016 remains in the top spot for the hottest year with 2015 and 2017 following suit respectively.

High temperatures have been on the minds of cattle producers across across the country.

With much of Canada experiencing multiple heat waves this summer, the Beef Cattle Research Council recently highlighted cooling techniques for cattle.

Cattle can start to experience heat stress at temperatures around 26 degrees C, depending on the relative humidity, according to the BCRC.

As cattle don’t sweat as efficiently as other mammals, the BCRC recommends ensuring there’s clean water for your herd, access to shade, and to avoid working your cattle, especially during the day.

If steps aren’t taken to avoid or tackle heat stress, your pocketbook will likely suffer from the amount of money you’ll have to spend on sick cattle, or worse — a loss within your herd.

For a full list of tips on how to deal with heat stress within your herd, click here.

Related: Why water quality should be monitored throughout summer

 

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