Heat stress poses a significant risk to cows. Rising temperatures can cause problems such as suppressed feed intake and reproductive stress. Koolfog manages heat stress by moderating temperatures in indoor and outdoor dairy environments using durable and effective misting systems and environmental controls.
|Challenge||Reduce the risk of heat stress in cows during rising temperatures.|
|Solution||Misting systems and/or misting fans placed in tunnel barns or outdoor facilities help drop core temperatures in cows, reducing the chance for heat stress.|
|Benefits||Effective temperature regulated environments translate to a lower core temperature in all of your cattle, feed intake remains steady and healthy, issues are reduced, especially in close-up cows. This translates directly to future production and can reduce overall exposure to fatalities. Efficient means of cooling also allows you to invest your time or capital in other necessary areas of improvement.|
Dairy cows are extremely sensitive to heat stress and extremely reactive to their environment. Maintaining your cattle’s health without the cost of major doses of antibiotics and large investments of time or capital can become a challenge during the warmer times of the year. As soon as a cow’s core temperature begins to rise too high or too suddenly, an onslaught of negative physiological affects can begin to manifest quickly. This can cause problems with reproduction, milk quality, quantity and myriad of health problems. We all know the importance of temperature regulated dairy cows, but in this common economic climate, the cost effectiveness of your cooling investment becomes a very high priority as well.
There are many methods in which to employ cooling solutions for your dairy cows. However, choosing technologies or strategies that are efficient and can still effectively cool large areas can present a challenge. Evaporative cooling is proven to be one of the most efficient and effective processes in which to create climatically controlled environments, especially for sensitive animals, such as cattle. High-pressure misting systems and misting fans push water through anti-drip nozzle orifices smaller than the size of a human hair, to break into tiny particles. These broken water particles take the energy that is in the air (heat) and replace it with water. As each particle is evaporated, a marginal drop in temperature occurs.
With optimal airflow, a high-pressure system strategically situated in dairy stalls can lower ambient temperatures up to 35 degrees, allowing your reproduction rates to be optimal, your milk to be the sweetest and your production the highest possible. Not only is quality a concern, but with a surge of anti-biotic free foods that are in high demand, regulating the health of a cow with the least amount of chemical additives possible doesn’t just mean a higher return, it can mean keeping up with change.
Food production is just like regulating a very large, complex system. It takes both subtle and obvious techniques in order to gain the level of output you desire. Encouraging an environment of consistency for your dairy cows by installing Koolfog’s misting systems will allow you to gain, whether in production or quality.