Heat stress in cows and goats is caused by various environmental factors, such as ambient temperature, humidity, air circulation, and exposure to direct sunlight. Heat stress affects different aspects, such as activity, productivity and the health of your cows and goats. If your animals suffer from heat stress, it can lead to reduced production levels for extended periods and long term health issues.
Extended periods of high humidity and temperature results in your livestock resting 2 to 3 hours less per day than usual. The immune resistance of both cows and goats decreases because they have to cope with these physical discomforts. Both cows and goats can experience the effects of heat stress for up to 6 weeks.
When multiple cows and goats are affected by heat stress, this can lead to a significant dip in milk production.
Lower milk production
Reduced rough feed intake
Higher risk of ruminal acidosis
To prevent heat stress in your cows, we use fans and misting systems. For uninsulated roofs, we also utilize roof sprayers. Cows find temperatures up to 22 degrees Celsius comfortable, but beyond that, the risk of heat stress increases.
When the temperature reaches concerning levels, we start the fans and roof sprayers applicable to your farm. If the temperature continues to rise, the misting system is also activated. The misting system operates with a pulse/pause system. The lower the temperature, the longer the pauses between misting. As the temperature rises, the pauses between misting become shorter.
Installations include a climate computer. This monitors the temperature inside and outside your barn and also tracks the humidity level in your barn.
If the humidity in your barn is about to become too high, such as right before a thunderstorm, the misting system automatically switches off. This setting ensures that your cows and the barn stay dry.
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