Management Tips; Heat Stress

Managing Heat Stress in Dairy Cows

6/11/2019

Whenever feed intake drops due to heat stress, nutrient concentration should increase to maintain adequate intake of all required nutrients. Low-quality "stemmy" forages generate more heat by fermentation inside the rumen. High-quality forages are digested faster and result in less heat being produced.

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Avoiding Milk Fat Drop During Heat Stress

5/7/2019

As the summer approaches so do high temps that can cause heat stress. This can lead to cows producing milk with lower fat content. Here are some tips to help with this issue.

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Effects from Heat Stress Can Stretch into Fall

Effects from Heat Stress Can Stretch into Fall

8/21/2018

The effects of heat stress can continue long after cooler weather has arrived — even for cows not in milk. In fact, research has shown that proper cooling in the dry period improved subsequent lactation by up to 16 pounds more milk per day and 20 pounds more 3.5-percent fat-corrected milk (FCM) per day.1

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Top 5 Tips for Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

Top 5 Tips for Managing Heat Stress in Cattle

6/29/2018

During the summer, dry matter intake can drop — and so can milk production. This decline in performance can be minimized or even avoided. There are simple changes producers can make to ensure the quality and quantity of feed remains steady throughout the season.

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Help Cows Rise to the Challenge of Increased Temperatures

Help Cows Rise to the Challenge of Increased Temperatures

7/28/2017

As we get into the warmer weather, dairy producers and their consultants should be on the lookout for subtle changes in cow behavior, along with changes in forage and feedbunk stability. These changes are a result of increases in both the environmental temperature and relative humidity, as measured by the temperature-humidity index (THI).

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7 Mistakes to Avoid in Holding-Pen Cooling

7 Mistakes to Avoid in Holding-Pen Cooling

6/14/2017

The holding-pen is one of the places on the farm where the most mistakes are made or shortcuts taken in terms of cooling cows. There are fewer follow-throughs in the holding pen than in other areas of the farm in terms of combating heat stress.

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Cow Drinking

Don't Let Profits Dry Up This Summer

5/4/2017

It is time to start preparing management strategies for heat stress. When cows are suffering from heat stress, there are several indicators that can be observed. Often, the first indicator is a reduction in dry matter intake. This can be followed by a change in behaviour, combined with quickened breathing and excessive panting. This leads to difficulties in maintaining efficient rumen function, which results in decreased milk production and longer periods between conception. The cow’s maintenance needs will also increase, as the animal can be at greater risk of contracting diseases, such as subacute ruminal acidosis and laminitis. All of these negative heat stress effects will lower a farm’s ability to maintain efficiency and profitability.

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