Hot Weather and Managing Heat Stress

This year it feels like we went straight from winter to summer due to the cool wet spring.  We are seeing the first hot weather of the summer, so here are a few reminders to help minimize stress to cattle during hot weather. Provide plenty of clean water, including making sure that the tanks and […]

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Heat Stress In Beef Cattle

Article written by Dr. Grant Dewell, ISU Beef Extension Veterinarian, used with author’s permission. As temperatures heat up during the summer cattle producers need to assess the heat stress that their cattle are under. Typically pastured cattle are not as susceptible to heat stress as feedlot cattle. Pastured cattle have the ability to seek shade, […]

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Why this year you may not want to find open cows at calving

The number one reason beef cattle farmers cull cows is a failure to calve, but farmers may not want to wait until the spring to find this out especially this year. This year if farmers wait to identify this problem then, a farmer has fed a cow all winter that is unproductive and may not reproduce next year and there may be more open cows this year.

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5 Tips to Reduce Heat Stress in Cattle

This week has been brutal for many livestock producers in the Upper Midwest with the high heat index. Several cattle deaths have been reported due to the heat stress. Here are 5 simple tips to make sure your cattle stay comfortable and to reduce heat stress.

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