How to care for cattle during a heatwave?

Extreme heat causes significant stress to livestock. Keeping an eye on weather forecasts and developing a mitigation plan for the heatwave season is crucial to their well-being. Use these simple tips to keep them safe during a heatwave.

- Keep animals in shade and give them plenty of clean and cold water to drink. Water intake increases 40 to 50 per cent during the summers.
- Do not make them work between 11am to 4pm.
- Cover the shed roof with straw, paint it white or plaster with dung-mud to reduce temperature.
- Use fans, water spray and foggers in the shed.
- During extreme heat, spray water and take cattle to a water body to cool off.
- Give them green grass, protein-fat bypass supplement, mineral mixture and salt. Make them graze during cooler hours.
- In case of sunstroke, take them to a veterinary hospital immediately.

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