The week begins with all of California, Southwest Arizona and the entire Southeastern US from Texas to North Carolina and from the Gulf to as far north as Ohio experiencing extreme heat stress. The extreme conditions begin to improve in the Southeast by mid-week. A pocket of heat stress develops in the Pacific northwest but moves quickly eastward and dissipates by late week. Conditions also improve in most of northern California but southern California and southwest Arizona remain in extreme conditions. Moderate heat stress also persists along the Gulf Coast.
As summer begins to wind down it is easy to start to lose focus on heat stress management. But keep in mind that your dry cows and their calves can still pay a high price for even short term exposure to heat stress. Dry cow production will be reduced for the entire lactation and their calves may have lower milk production when they calve almost two years down the road. To help keep your cows cool from the inside use NiaShure Precision Release Niacin.
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.