The Iowa Cattleman’s Association encouraged cattle producers across the state to make changes to make cattle more comfortable with this week’s high temperatures and humidity. Heat stress in cattle can occur when there are high temperatures, high humidity, solar radiation and low-speed winds. It is recommended to provide extra clean fresh water, as consumption can double during extreme heat, also shift to feeding more in the afternoon, provide shade if possible and ensure there are no restrictions to air movement.
Also, sprinkle cattle with water if signs of heat stress are evident.
Temperatures have reached the 90’s this week in Washington and are forecast to be in the 80’s throughout the weekend.