Boy, am I sweating! It’s a sweltering hot, sticky day. If we think it’s hot, then our cows are really feeling it! A cow’s optimal temperature is around forty degrees. So, on the days we are especially warm the cows are, too.
Just like people, the cows don’t really feel like eating when the temperatures rise. We make sure they get a nutritious and big breakfast in the cool of the morning when they feel more like eating.
Usually we move the cows around to different pens based on where they are in their reproductive cycle. But when it is hot out we don’t move the cows around much. We just leave them where they are to enjoy the shade of the barn. We also make sure their stalls are full of clean sand because it helps keep the cows cool.
Our freestall barn was designed to have natural air ventilation due to its location and contour of the land. You feel a nice refreshing breeze when you walk in our barn even on a warmer day. Also, the cows enjoy the breeze from the big ventilation fans in our milking parlor twice a day when they go to get milked.
We do these things because we care about our cows and want them to be as comfortable as possible this summer!