Managing heat stress in feedlot cattle takes forethought

Managing heat stress in feedlot cattle takes forethought

NICOLE KENNEY RAMBO

Farm and Ranch Guide

The Upper Midwest is a place of extremes! Extreme cold, extreme heat and extreme mosquitoes! This time of year we only have to worry about two of the three extremes and in the context of cattle we specifically have a focus on heat stress. The majority of discussion on heat stress focuses on feedlot cattle; however, cows in confinement also face the same challenges and the heat stress mitigation strategies outlined below are also appropriate for confinement cow operations.

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