Much of the lower half of the United States is in moderate to extreme heat stress as the week begins. Southern California, Southwest Arizona and southern Texas are experiencing dangerous conditions. The heat intensifies in most of the Southeastern US and as far north as Pennsylvania and New Jersey by mid-week. The same is true for most of California and Southwestern Oregon. Conditions then remain mostly unchanged for the rest of the week except in the Pacific Northwest and extreme northern California which experience some cooling.
We have mentioned how the respiration rate of cows goes up with increasing heat stress and that producers can use it to gauge heat stress in their cows. Another indicator of heat stress is cows spending less time laying in freestalls or bedding packs. This is believed to be an adaptive behavior that allows more of the body surface area to be exposed to air flow and hence more heat loss. Unfortunately, this further contributes to lost milk as decreased blood flow to the mammary gland and hence milk production is associated with time laying.
NiaShure Precision Release Niacin can help to alleviate heat stress by increasing blood flow and heat to the skin where it can be more easily dissipated.
Keep Cows Cool From The Inside
Niacin is an effective vasodilator, increasing blood flow to the skin for greater sweating and evaporative cooling. NiaShure is protected from rumen degredation by Balchem’s proprietary encapsulation process, ensuring it is delivered to the small intestine.
Research from the University of Arizona showed that feeding NiaShure during heat stress can lower internal body temperature, promoting sustained milk production and protecting reproductive performance.
NiaShure doesn’t require any adaptation period so you can add it to the ration when you see heat coming. Then just remove it when the temperature moderates. That’s precision feeding at its finest.