With the extreme heat, University of Minnesota Extension recommends ensuring your livestock have plenty of shade and a fresh water supply at all times. Extension also recommends feeding animals in the evening and if possible, sprinkling animals with water to cool them. Here are a few other things to keep in mind:
- Increase water capacity and water access: plan on 2 in. linear space water trough/head.
- Provide extra water for consumption.
- Water consumption should be first priority for water use, before sprinkling.
- Clean water tanks to encourage intake.
- Install sprinklers. The point is to wet the ground more so than wetting the cattle. It is best to wet the ground before the peak heat of the day.
- The combination of wind movement and sprinkling are ideal.
- Intensify fly control around bunks and laying areas.
- Do not increase feed offerings aggressively (perhaps maintain intake for three days before increasing).
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