Livestock at higher risk for heat stress in the coming weeks
The wave of 90-degree temperatures across the Midwest puts livestock at a higher risk for heat stress.
The high temperatures many areas are experiencing is expected to stick around for the rest of July. University of Illinois Extension Beef Specialist Travis Meteer says all livestock producers need to amend their management practices in extreme heat.
“Usually water consumption for livestock doubles just in that 20-degree movement from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. So, you need to have a plentiful supply of cool, clean water.”
He says many key signs of heat stress can be spotted by checking on animals often.
“Obvious things would be increased respiration rates and animals bunching in shade or water. Sometimes we will see animals slobbering or foaming at the mouth.”
Meteer says heat stress can slow feed intake, as well as milk and egg production which in turn also decreases profitability.