The hot summer weather is now in full swing. Certain precautions need to be taken to avoid problems in grazing systems during these hot months. At this time, cool-season species begin to decrease in production and animals begin suffering from heat stress. Keep these key management practices in mind to reduce economic loss and other negative effects during this time.

  • Do not graze forages too closely
  • If grazing warm-season annuals, allow for adequate establishment before grazin
  • Clip pastures for weeds and seed-heads if neede
  • Provide animals with shade and cool, clean water to reduce heat stress and maintain animal gain
  • Limit access to ponds and streams to reduce negative environmental impacts and health effects on the cattle themselve
  • Reduce risk of pinkeye by knowing and managing risk factors
  • Provide animals with easy access to complete mineral feeders at all times