As heat waves and record temperatures begin to affect the U.S. this summer, particularly in the Midwest, it is important for farms to keep their animals safe from heat stress. For the benefit of the cattle’s comfort as well as preventing too much loss from heat-related incidents, farmers need to keep their animals cool and well-hydrated.
The animals need shade canopies, especially black-hided cattle which are affected the most by the sun. Either pasture farms with trees for shade or portable shade should be available at all times for the animals. They may need extra drinking water space and to be sprayed periodically if they are showing signs of heat stress.
Cattle and other animals have should have the right to experience comfort while they are living on a farm and they are often forced into very poor conditions.
Providing them some canopy shade and extra water during the summer is a way to ease their stress and it can also benefit farmers by preventing unnecessary sickness among the animals. Cattle and all farm animals should be treated fairly and given relief from heat or anything else that causes them too much discomfort or pain.