Watch Cattle for Heat Stress in Summer’s Heat

Watch Cattle for Heat Stress in Summer’s Heat

Dr. Terry Mader, University of Nebraska

With summer just starting and temperatures already hitting 100 degrees, cattle producers need to take steps to ward off heat stress in their herds, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist said.

Late spring 80-degree days with abundant rain are always welcome, but the recent rapid rise in temperature and sustained moderate to high levels of relative humidity can be disastrous for cattle that have not had a chance to get adapted to such conditions, said Terry Mader, beef specialist at UNL’s Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord.

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