Animals and Summer Heat
Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand has some tips for farmers to remember to help keep their animals cool during the current heat wave and all summer long.
The first thing we need to realize is that when we get these first real changes to hot weather, it takes the animals a few days to get completely acclimated. There are definite signs of heat stress of which you need to be aware. Dr. Kaisand runs down a list of the symptoms that your animal is not handling the change well.
It may seem like common sense, but the key to keeping the animals healthy during a heat wave is water. Lots and lots of water. The availability of shade is also key for animals outside. For animals indoors, make sure there is adequate ventilation, and consider the use of misters.
Also, producers may want to look at changing the feeding schedules of their animals. Animals, especially ruminants, generate heat from digestion.