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The horse may already be gone

Richard Snell
Barton County Extension Agent

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;

* 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.

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