Five tips in the event of heat stress,

to maintain good levels of milk production

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As soon as temperatures reach 21 degrees Celsius, your cows can present the first symptoms of heat stress. This can have negative consequences on dairy cow performance, especially milk production. 

The THI calculator can help you to measure the risk of heat stress.

Here are 5 tips to help your cows overcome heat stress:

Be vigilant

Be sure to identify heat stress from the first signs: decrease of feed consumption, reduced rumination and increase of respiratory frequency.

Protect the animals from heat

Proper air ventilation in the cowshed is key. Ensure the presence of shadow zones in the field.

Provide plenty of water

Under normal conditions, a high-producing cow can consume up to 170 liters of water a day. Make sure of the accessibility of drinking troughs and of the quantity of available water.

Adapt the feed

In case of heat stress, the cow consumes less feed. Maintain maximum consumption by taking into account the feed quality and freshness. In case of doubt, do not hesitate to consult your feed supplier to adapt the ration.

At least 250g of Bicar®Z

It is recommended to add 250 to 300 grams of Bicar®Z per day and per animal to the basic ration in order to prevent rumen acidification.