Staying cool this summer housing season…

Whilst many of us can enjoy the sun – it doesn’t come without it’s challenges for livestock! With the warm weather looking like it’s here to stay, at least for now, here’s some well-shared advice on how best to keep your cows comfortable whilst maintaining productivity during a heatwave.

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May
27
2020
May
27
2020

 

It’s thirsty work…

Don’t underestimate the importance of H2o! Sufficient access to fresh and clean drinking water is paramount to keeping cattle cool. Now is a good time to review ‘drinking stations’ across your farm and in your sheds – especially if you’ve not done so for a while!

 

Ventilation…  

Check the airflow in your shed- to help with evaporative cooling- and to prevent diseases spreading in a close and stuffy environment. Your buildings should be designed to provide the right air flow. Fans may be required to assist with air movement – and can help to keep cattle cool, preventing heat stress.

 

Spray away…

Coupled with good ventilation, you may consider sprayers, or misters- to reduces cow temperatures when it’s hot. Careful around cubicle areas- since this can dampen bedding and create the ideal breeding space for bacteria. Around the collecting area is ideal – where cows are close together and need refreshing.

 

Speak with your nutritionists…

Just like (some of) us humans, cows can find themselves with a lesser appetite when temperatures soar. Speak with your nutrition experts to ensure your herd are still getting the energy they require to maintain milk yields.

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