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How to combat drop in milk quality and yield during heatwave
In view of the heatwave, dairy producers are being warned to take steps to reduce the impact of heat stress which can cause a major decline in cow performance. Signs of heat stress include cows flicking water over their backs, loose muck, cows lying against walls and a reluctance to come to the feed area where it is usually hotter.
Tom Chanter, InTouch feeding specialist, said: “Cows are most comfortable at an ambient temperature of just 4°C and therefore the heat is causing major issues, with many producers noting a marked drop in milk quality.
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