Feedlots Reporting Heat Stress, Deaths

FULLERTON - Feedlot operators in eastern Nebraska are bracing for another round of high temperatures and relative humidity but little wind. Boone and Nance County Extension Educator Steve Pritchard says he has heard reports of cattle deaths in feedlots because of heat stress, and he has some tips to help producers deal with the challenge. Pritchard says it is important to use sprinklers to wet cattle down in the heat – not misters. He says mist can actually raise the humidity levels, making the situation even worse for feedlot animals. Pritchard also urges that any working of cattle be done early in the day and that anything that could impede air movement be removed. For more information on the problem, check the NebGuide "Managing Feedlot Heat Stress," available on line or from any local cooperative extension office.