The horse may already be gone
August 24, 2010
It’s hot and people as well as livestock are suffering. Some of you may think this is a case of closing the barn door after the horse has already escaped but, since the heat is still around and could be for another 4-5 weeks, I will give some heat-related livestock care tips anyway.
Heat stress has been a major problem in the state of Kansas over the past few weeks for livestock producers. To help cattle cope with high humidity and temperatures, K-State Research and Extension veterinarian Larry Hollis’s offers the following suggestions to cattle producers and feedlot managers:
* Avoid gathering or working cattle after mid-morning;
* Provide access to abundant cold water/waterer space and make sure the water flow rate is adequate;
* Provide access to shade;
* Provide the ability to move away from anything that reduces air flow, even cutting down weeds around pens;
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* Use sprinklers to wet the skin; get help from the fire department if necessary. However if there is no breeze or air movement this can raise the humidity level.
* Control flies;
* A good wind, although it can feel like a furnace provides air movement. In confined areas where livestock bunch-up, large fans may provide needed air movement.