Neb. Cattlemen to host heat stress management meetings

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Beef feedlot managers, owners, employees and supporting industry personnel will learn the importance of managing heat stress in cattle during the Nebraska Cattlemen Managing Feedlot Heat Stress lunch and learn sessions March 10-12.

These sessions will be a pre-summer review for feedlot sites to help determine the adequacy of facilities and prepare management plans to reduce the impact of heat stress on cattle.

The sessions will be offered March 10 at the Nielsen Center in West Point from 10:30am-2:30pm, March 10 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in Columbus from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11 at the Boone County Fairgrounds Casey’s Building in Albion from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, and March 12 at the Dawson County 4-H Office in Lexington from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm.

Topics and presenters include:

• Finding the potential problem areas in your facilities and planning ahead (Dee Griffin, University of Nebraska)

• Heat waves, why are some areas affected more than others? (Terry Mader, Mader Consulting, LLC)

• Heat stress management, physiological and behavior responses (Terry Mader, Mader Consulting, LLC)

• Design options for heat stress abatement (Jake Mayer, Settje Agri-Services & Engineering)

• Cattle handling in heat. What is a compromised animal? (Rob Eirich, University of Nebraska)

• Animal welfare impacts of heat stress (Jake Mayer, Settje Agri-Services & Engineering)

• These 4 hour meetings will include a free meal.

• The Managing Feedlot Heat Stress sessions are sponsored by K&R Equipment, F&M Bank, Rainforth Veterinary Supply, Jay Rainforth, Samson-Inc., and Town and Country Vet Clinic.

For more information about the meeting schedule please contact Bonita Lederer at 402-329-6273. F

–Nebraska Cattlemen