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Be on the Lookout for Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stress in Livestock


Now that it's getting hot out, farmers make sure you watch for heat stress in livestock.

Heather Schlesser, the Marathon County Dairy Agent, stopped by NewsChannel 7 at Noon to talk about what you need to watch out for.

Here are the signs of heat stress:

1. Bunching in the shade
2. Increased breathing
3. Open mouth breathing (panting)
4. Slobbering
5. Decreased milk production
6. Decreased feed intake

Severe heat stress:
1. Lack of coordination and trembling

Here's how you can reduce it:

1. Avoid handling, transporting, moving, or processing cattle in afternoon/ evening
2. Provide additional water
3. Provide shade
4. Sprinkle cattle and pen with water - large droplets
5. Provide adequate ventilation


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