By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, North Dakota State University
(from Beef Today)
A new record was set in North Dakota for the low minimum daily temperature when the thermometer failed to fall below 70 degrees.
When temperatures fail to fall below 70 degrees for an entire day, cattle struggle with cooling down. Cattle do not have a mechanism to dissipate their internal body heat production effectively. The body needs to function at a preset temperature range, so when that temperature gets out of the acceptable range, internal alerts sound load and clear. The cattle will die unless their body temperature is restored to a normal range. [Read more]