The Henry County Cattleman’s Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the Henry County Extension Office. Warren Beeler, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Director of Policy, will discuss several current issues concerning the livestock industry. Reports will include the veterinarians report, FFA report, FSA report and an update on the Phase I CAIP program.
Reservations are required. Please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 to reserve your spot.
Summer 2013 Reminders for Livestock
A couple of 90-degree days last week have convinced most of us that summer is finally here.
Both temperature and humidity have increased dramatically over the last month. Animals are starting to feel the effects of heat stress and cool-season grasses are already starting to decrease in productivity.
There are certain precautions that need to be taken to manage your grazing system during times of high heat. Keep these key management practices in mind as the weather continues to get hotter to maintain healthy animals and a healthy stand of forage.
Be mindful of grazing forages too closely; reduce grazing pressure on fields to allow forage to maintain carbohydrate reserves in times of high heat stress during summer drought. Maintain pastures by clipping for weeds and seed-heads if needed. Provide animals with shade and cool, clean water to reduce heat stress and maintain animal productivity. Limit access to ponds and streams to reduce negative environmental impacts and animal health effects.
To reduce the risk of pinkeye, it is important to know and manage the risk factors. Dr. Michelle Arnold recently wrote an article “When Will There be an Answer for Pinkeye?” in which she talks about why pinkeye is such an issue during the summer months: “Pinkeye is a tremendous summertime headache in Kentucky.
The two most important contributing factors to pinkeye are UV light (sunlight) and face flies. Other risk factors that may contribute to an infection include dust, trauma or injury, wind, tall grass, thick stemmed hay, and stress. The keys to prevention of an outbreak are maximizing your herd’s immune status through good nutrition and a sound vaccination program, minimizing the spread of the pinkeye bacteria with prompt treatment of clinical cases, and maintaining an irritant-free environment as much as possible.”