Beat the heat

20 November 2008

During hot months, heat stress can reduce milk production and fertility in dairy cows. Many farmers are installing shade and sprinkler systems.

CowTime’s Darold Klindworth has some tips to get the most from sprinkler systems at the dairy.

  • Turn sprinklers on before the cows reach the yards to cool the concrete.
  • Alternate between water and fans to keep cows’ udders dry and reduce the chance of mastitis.
  • Position water sprinklers above the cows to avoid wetting their udders.
  • Use large droplet size, as this is the most effective way to cool cows by evaporation.
  • Avoid using small droplet size as this increases humidity.
  • Make sure electrical equipment isn’t sprayed by water.

 

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