How to keep your cows cool…next summer

Contact: Abby Huibregtse, 920-834-6845,

It’s cold outside, but now is the perfect time to be thinking ahead to next summer and how to keep your cows cool. University of Wisconsin-Extension is excited to host two ‘Beat the Heat in December!’ workshops next month.

Hot summer weather can really have an impact on herd health and milk production, and these workshops will focus on ways to minimize that affects of heat.

Speakers and topics include:
— Dr. David Kammel, UW-Madison/UW-Extension agricultural engineer, will talk about building design and heat abatement options for dairy facilities.
— Dr. David Ohman, Technical Service Specialist from Diamond V, will share information on rations and feeding strategies that can minimize the impact hot weather can have on dairy cows.
— A presentation by Eastern Wisconsin DHI about evaluating dairy farm records and some of the tools they have that can be used to assess the impact heat has on the herd.
— Bethany Reinholtz, Wisconsin Focus on Energy, will cover energy conservation and programs available through Focus on Energy
— Jim Stojke, Project Designer from Keller, Inc., will share some examples of heat abatement systems they have put into facilities they have built the last few years.

Cost of this program is $25, which includes lunch and materials. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be sponsored by Keller, Inc.

This meeting will be held from 10a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in two locations. Both meetings will include the same presentations, so please make plans to attend the location most convenient for you:
— Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Green Bay at Rock Garden Supper Club
— Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Kiel at Millhome Supper Club.

To register for the Green Bay location, please call the Oconto UW-Extension office at (920) 834-6845. To register for the Kiel location, please call the Sheboygan UW-Extension Office at (920) 459-5902. For more information about this program, please contact Abby Huibregtse, Oconto County UW-Extension, at (920) 834-6845.


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