If you are working on response or recovery for extreme heat this summer, please share your experience, educational efforts and impacts on your institution (if any) by sending in a response note. Use the form - or send email - to let us know if there's anything we or our USDA liaisons can do to help.
General advice provided to locals by Illinois Extension: "...for production animals we caution that they be given plenty of fresh water, shade and ventilation. If a four-legged farm animal refuses to eat, is salivating excessively, exhibits labored breathing or has convulsions the vet should be called and the animal bathed in cool water starting at the ribs and working the way down the legs." (Rick Atterbery)
Farm animal resources identified by Julie Smith (VT) at our request:
Heat Stress, Fairs and Achievement Days - Animal Considerations - referred by J Smith (VT) http://www.sdstate.edu/vs/extension/beef/upload/ExEx11021-Heat-StressFairs.pdf
Heat stress forecasts - Livestock (USDA-ARS and NOAA-NWS) Greg Brenneman (IA) says the site "predicts heat stress for livestock (especially cattle) out for a 7 day period. It takes into account not only temperature and humidity but cloud cover and wind speed as well. It is one our producers have found very useful in being prepared for heat stress conditions."
Hot Weather, Dogs and Outdoor Activites may not mix - news release, K-State (ML Peter)
K-State AgEcon, AgManager.info website
News itmes from K-State
Livestock Producers Beware: Watch for Toxic Blue-Green Algae
Drought-Stressed Soybeans Mean Decisions for Producers
High Temps + Little Rain = Landscapes at Risk