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Reducing heat-related production challenges in your cattle

July 3, 2018

Taking a dip in the lake, spending more time outdoors with loved ones or enjoying an ice-cold beverage are all part of the joys of summer. But, what may be fun for us may not be so pleasant for our livestock. We have entered the time of year when dairy and beef cattle are feeling the consequences of high temperatures and humidity. The Temperature Humidity Index (THI) is a gauge used to assess the risk of heat stress in cattle, accounting for both ambient temperature and humidity. The effects of heat stress start in cattle with a THI around 72 and become more severe as it increases through the 80s and into the 90s. We are all aware of the production challenges...