Mitigate heat stress through proper care and management
hen it comes to raising cattle in Iowa, summer heat can be as challenging as blizzards and freezing temps. Pests, fescue, heat stress, and drought-like conditions come with their own set of effects on cattle performance and comfort.
Iowa Beef Center Director Dan Loy says there are two aspects of proper summer cattle care – general management and mitigating immediate damage from crisis situations.
"General management is fly control, treating and containing pink-eye, and managing fescue, which exaggerates heat stress," says Loy, "And perhaps the most important element : providing ample water."
Water availability through the summer months is a priority whether cattle are in...
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