How much does heat stress cost you?
Excessive heat load during the summer months can result in significant production losses and animal welfare considerations. High body heat loads can develop when a combination of local environmental conditions and animal factors exceed the animal’s ability to dissipate body heat.
Minimising heat gain through shade should be a priority for farmers hoping to keep their animals cool as shade can have a large impact on the body heat load experienced by herds and can improve comfort, productivity and increase profitability.
Dairy cattle farmers in particular notice falls in milk production when cows get hot. This can result in substantial losses in milk income.
Shade cloth minimises solar radiation and is porous so heat evaporated from cattle can vent through it.
Shade sail structures can be designed to maximise ventilation and afternoon shade and can ensure wind speeds are maximised in yard and where possible air temperatures are kept below body temperatures
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