Producers dealing with animal mortalities associated with any catastrophic heat event can contact the Minnesota Board of Animal Health for information, advice, and tips.
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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