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Heat and livestock–research and tips

As the heat ramps up in summer, producers are keeping a careful watch on the impacts of that heat on their animals.  I’ve seen a couple of stories recently which describe ways to combat heat in dairy cattle and swine.

AgriLife Today reported on research done at Texas A&M on improvements in comfort for dairy heifers and calves by using protective hutch covers to keep the interior temperatures cooler.  You can read that story at https://today.agrilife.org/2014/05/28/agrilife-reflective-hutch-covers/.

Growing Georgia posted an article from Purina Nutrition on how to keep sows cool.  Keeping track of humidity and providing ample water are keys to minimize heat stress in the hot summer months.  This article can be found here.