Heat Stress Reminder

The average low humidity in our region during the summer is 55%. At that humidity heat stress starts at 75 degrees. By 85 degrees the level of heat stress increases to severe.

Watch for the following signs of heat stress:
Increased body temperature (will not decrease until midnight)
Increased respiratory rate (greater than 80 breathes per minute)
Increased salivation/drooling (can lead to subclinical acidosis because of the loss of bicarbonate in the saliva)
Decreased feed intake and activity

Compensation Tips:
Increase availability of clean, fresh water
Offer fresh feed late in the day for animals to consume overnight
Add electrolytes to the feed and water
Only vaccinate and move cattle in the morning

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