Have You Been Paying Attention To What Your Animals Are Telling You? The importance of cattle observations.

Kite Feedlot Team

January 18, 2024

Tips for Summer

 

​As the riskier month of the warm season approaches, another important factor to consider when managing your cattle heat load is cattle observations. That becomes even more important when you have either received a considerable amount of rain at your feedlot.

On top of the HLI and AHLU forecast, your animals will tell you when they are getting hot so keep an eye on those that are most vulnerable. If you need an update on what a heat-stressed animal looks like see the Panting Score Reference Guide.

When it’s wet, once the sun does come out, the humidity will be magnified in the pens resulting in a potentially dangerous heat load situation, particularly if there is little to no wind. We strongly recommend you keep a close eye on your most vulnerable animals and also on the forecast.

One important thing to remember is that the forecast cannot predict the enhanced levels of humidity in the wet pens. We recommend that you adjust for this by looking at two AHLU levels BELOW what you normally monitor. For example, if you usually manage your cattle by the AHLU86, look to the AHLU80 instead to account for the additional humidity in the pens. This roughly translates to about a 20% increase in humidity.

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