It’s starting to get hot outside, which means your animals are feeling the heat! Your cattle, horses, calves, goats and chickens are just like anyone else. They need fresh water, shelter and the right diet during the summer months to stay healthy. The soaring temperatures can negatively affect milk production, fertility, and the overall health of your livestock. Humidity and heat can also result in the formation of mold and fermentation in livestock feed if it’s not stored correctly. Our organic livestock feed experts want farmers and ranchers to remember these important summer feeding tips!
Organic Livestock Feed Tips for the Summertime
During the summer, the internal temperatures of your animals rise and their food intake decreases. This means you need to adjust the nutrient concentration in their feed. Protein helps with milk production. However, too much protein during the summer can cause your animal’s body to create excess heat. Fats can help maintain levels of energy when your animals are feeling lethargic. Fiber will help with digestion and can lessen the impact of heat. Contact our organic livestock feed nutritionists for more information on nutrient concentration during the summer.
Digestion requires a lot of heat, which causes extra stress for animals during the summer. It’s recommended to feed in the early morning and late evening when it’s cooler. Keeping your organic livestock feed out of the sweltering heat also keeps grains fresher and safe from mold formation.
It’s so important that your animals have regular access to fresh, clean water. This is even more critical during hot weather. Make sure there are no leaks in water units, and that they are free of contaminants and algae.
Your animals should have shelter from the sun and heat. Make sure there is ventilation, shade, fans, sprinklers and other elements that keep livestock safe from heat stress.
For more information about our organic livestock feed and summer feeding tips, please contact the experts of Feedex Companies. We specialize in premium organic cattle feed, organic horse feed, organic goat feed, organic calf feed, organic chicken feed, and organic fish feed.