Research has shown that from a temperature of 22°C a dairy cow shows a reduced food intake and therefore loses body weight. Milk production is reduced and can remain below the norm for an extended period.
The aftermath of heat stress can last up to six weeks, with animals experiencing various symptoms.
Possible effects of heat stress on your (dairy) livestock
- Reduced milk production.
- Reduced (raw) food intake.
- Greater chance of rumen acidosis.
- Lower daytime growth.
- Less activity.
- Less heat detection.
- Claw problems.