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Keep your cows cool, experts warn

AVOID HEAT STRESS: Watch out for faster and open-mouth breathing, reduced appetite and drooling.
AVOID HEAT STRESS: Watch out for faster and open-mouth breathing, reduced appetite and drooling. Contributed

FARMERS are being warned to be extra mindful of the health of their cattle during the upcoming days, with scorching weather forecast.

The North Coast Local Land Services District Veterinarian team have advised cattle owners to keep a look out for signs of heat stress in their cows, and take measures avoid it.

Otherwise, without adequate measures being taken, cows can collapse or even die in severe cases.

Symptoms to be on the watch for include faster and open mouth breathing, reduced appetite and drooling.

Farmers should also look out for behaviour such as cattle seeking shade and crowding around water troughs.

To prevent heat stress from affecting cows, the Veterinarian team advise that cattle should be in a paddock that provides adequate shade and water supply, especially in the hotter parts of the day.

Dairy farmers are recommended to reconsider usual milking times and delay afternoon milking, as well as to use sprinklers in the dairy yard.

And farm dogs should also have plenty of access to shade and water, and extra water dishes may be necessary.


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