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Heat Stress

As the year begins to heat up and cattle are on pasture, it’s important to make sure there is adequate water for livestock. How much do cattle…

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Pigs are more susceptible to heat stress due to an inability to sweat. This places them at greater risk of health and production problems that can add up to millions of dollars annually in revenue losses to swine producers.

For this year having what seemed to be good pollination weather, some are surprised regarding how much tip back we’re seeing.

Giving livestock producers a new tool to care for cattle in harsh weather, South Dakota State University Extension and the South Dakota Mesonet have teamed up on the Livestock Stress Tool. This tool uses data collected from 29 Mesonet sites across South Dakota to provide different measures of livestock environmental stress: Wind Chill Index (WCI)/Heat Index (HI), Temperature Humidity Index (THI) and Comprehensive Climate Index (CCI).

It’s been an interesting year for weather. Wind storms, fires, blizzards and floods moved swiftly by, leaving every cattle operation to cope w…

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