Progressive Dairyman will be featuring three of Dr. Leiterman’s articles on calf barn ventilation this year. Dr. Leiterman is the Director of Technical Services at Crystal Creek® and holds degrees in both veterinary medicine and agricultural engineering.
Crank Up Your Fans To Improve Summer Calf Performance
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Summer heat can be just as, if not more, stressful for calves than winter. Keeping them cool and healthy boils down to achieving adequate air exchanges per hour and a 2 to 5 mph breeze. Heat stress is a major concern for calves. Research has proven calves suffer from heat stress in much the same way cows do. A calf ’s temperature threshold can be easily reached during summer months. A daily temperature exceeding 77ºF can prevent calves from dissipating accumulated heat and result in performance declines.