AMES, Iowa --The forecast for this weekend is for temperatures to approach 100 degrees, and with added humidity it will feel like 100+ degrees. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell has these reminders for cattle producers:
- For feedlot cattle, hot temperature for two or three days plus warm nights mean increased risk for heat stress. With a chance for rain on Thursday, humidity will increase, making it difficult for heavy cattle to maintain thermo-neutral body temperature.
- Avoid working cattle this weekend, expect feed intake to drop and consider bumping the forage up.
- Mitigation strategies such as shade and sprinklers should be available.
There is more information available in the publication Heat Stress in Beef Cattle, available for free download from the Extension Store. The Iowa Beef Center posts relevant publications and notices on the website www.iowabeefcenter.org/.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides resources on the Disaster Recovery website www.extension.iastate.edu/disasterrecovery/ for heat and other severe weather events, as well as flooding and drought. ISU Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters, working in partnership with the local, state and federal agencies addressing the disaster.