Dan’s Cow-Calf Corner Understanding Heat Stress for Livestock

Dana Zook, Area Extension Livestock Specialist, Enid — Without much warning, a cool wet spring gave way to the heat and humidity of summer. These high temperatures are great for getting wheat harvested but they can be hard on livestock. All levels of heat stress will impact animal performance to some degree, and they can be realized in the form of decreased weight gain, reduced reproductive efficiency, altered animal health and behavior. Heat is a reality but there are things that can be done to prevent severe heat stress in livestock. This article will focus on cattle, but the information…

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