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Keep your dairy herd free from the effects of heat stress

Many of us underestimate how easily rising temperatures can impact our dairy herds. However, your dairy cows can feel the effects of heat stress at lower temperatures than you might think, especially those in more temperate regions. This means that your production could be at risk for a longer period of the year than you realise.

There are many effects of heat stress on dairy cows, and heat stress management requires forward and flexible planning. Each farm is unique, so management should be specific to the herd, the system and the farm business.

Join the no-stress strategy

Most dairy operations already have established heat stress management strategies. But there is always an opportunity to improve, right?

We have identified five key risk areas where heat stress can hit dairy farms hardest. Using our three-step, no-stress strategy, farmers can effectively and efficiently address these risk areas, promoting immediate improvements and increased production profitability!

Feed and forages

 

FEED AND FORAGES

Spoilage and nutrition value loss.

 

Calf - final

 

CALVES

Decreased growth rates and increased disease risk.

Heifer- updated

 

HEIFERS

Drop in growth and reproduction rates.

 

Milking cow

 

MILKING COWS

Milk production and fertility drop.

 

Transition cows

 

TRANSITION COWS

Increased metabolic disease incidence & calf growth rate reduction.

Step 1:

Be AWARE of the signs of heat stress.

Step 2:

Be ready to ADAPT their housing & environment.

Step 3:

Help them ACCLIMATISE via feed and nutrition


Expert video series

Further delving into the five key risk areas on dairy farms, we have brought together a specialist panel of experts to give practical insights on how to stop heat stress impacting your herd. With this series of expert advice videos, you will learn the different identifiable heat stress signs in each of these areas and what changes can be made to the cows’ environment, feeding and nutrition in order to combat the effects.

To provide you with a brief summary of each of the expert advice videos, we have outlined the key points in a set of one-page documents. Read and download them here.

Watch the on-demand expert video series

Our expert speakers are:

Episode 1: Feeds & Forages

  • Dr. Helen Warren, Ruminant Technical Manager – Europe, Alltech
  • Dr. Dave Davies, Silage Solutions Ltd.

Episode 2: Calves

  • Dr. Helen Warren, Ruminant Technical Manager – Europe, Alltech
  • Dr. Anna Catharina Berge DVM, MPVM, Ph.D., Berge Veterinary Consulting

Episode 3: Heifers

  • Maria Agovino, Ruminant Technical Sales Manager – Europe, Alltech
  • Dr. Paolo Colturato, Paragon s.n.c

Episode 4: Milking cows

  • Maria Agovino, Ruminant Technical Sales Manager – Europe, Alltech
  • Dr. Richard Erk Echeverri, Technical Business Director, ICF LARGE ANIMALS

Episode 5: Transition cows

  • Dr. Helen Warren, Ruminant Technical Manager – Europe, Alltech
  • Dr. Paolo Colturato, Paragon s.n.c
  • Dr. Richard Erk Echeverri, Technical Business Director, ICF LARGE ANIMALS

Heat stress management cheat sheet

To kickstart your improved heat stress strategy, we’ve also put together an easy-to-use bonus cheat sheet.

By signing up for our expert advice videos, you will also get access to this ultimate guide, providing everything you need to know about managing heat stress on your farm. From identifying tell-tale signs to outlining positive changes, it is a vital tool for making immediate heat stress management improvements!

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