The stress associated with summer heat can have negative, lasting effects on herd performance, health and profitability. How you prepare cows for heat stress and the adjustments made to management and feeding practices can help your herd successfully navigate this challenging time period, says Elliot Block, senior manager of technology at Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition. Utilize these tips to minimize the negative impacts of heat stress and maintain performance throughout the hot summer months:

1. Change feeding habits.
2. Rework the ration.
3. Increase ration potassium.
4. Ensure water availability.
5. Reduce stocking density.
6. Offer shaded areas.
7. Properly ventilate facilities.
8. Add soakers for evaporative cooling.

For more details on these eight tips, go to: A management checklist is also available at: