Combat Cold Stress

Combat Cold Stress

It’s easy to focus on heat stress and its impact on herd health during the dog days of summer, but one often-overlooked area is cold stress and how it compromises herd productivity and performance. Combating cold stress from the inside – at the cellular level – is an essential part of maintaining dairy herd reproductive health and production gains.

Cold stress can negatively affect dry matter intake. Decreased dry matter intake, coupled with increased energy requirements necessary to maintain basal body temperatures, work in opposing directions and can negatively impact gut health and production parameters. Another factor impacting cold stress is body condition score, a subjective measure used to indirectly estimate body fat percentage and its ability to insulate cattle.

To read some practical herd tips on how to combat cold stress, click here.

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