Hurricane Harvey has cooled off Texas and the deep south as we start the week but by mid-week the far southern Texas starts to heat up again. The entire west coast and Pacific Northwest are in extreme heat stress. The heat stress in Washington and Oregon starts moving east as the week progresses and by Thursday things have really cooled down. Parts of Utah are also in moderate heat stress. As the heat moves east the northern and central plains states will begin to feel moderate heat stress. Most of California stays under extreme heat stress the entire week along with south western Arizona. The extreme southern tip of Florida begins the week in moderate to extreme heat stress but then the heat moves north and by mid-week the entire state is feeling the heat along with southern Georgia and the far eastern parts of the Carolinas. In the northeast the cows are enjoying cool weather all week.
There are short term and long-term effects of heat stress that can adversely affect your bottom line. In the short-term lactating cows will lose milk and components which are highly visible. Less obvious may be the adverse effects on health and reproductive performance which can have a longer-term effect on income. And even less apparent are the negative effects of heat stress on your dry cow and their calves. But these effects can have a very significant impact on your bottom line for a long time.
So remember to focus on keeping your entire herd cool as heat approaches. And don’t forget to make NiaShure Precision Release Niacin part of your heat abatement strategy cooling your cows from the inside.
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.