Livestock producers invest money and effort to relieve heat stress in their animals. Crop producers fret about the impact of hot weather on crops, especially when moisture is short. 

What about your employees, your family and yourself? asks Bob Milligan, senior consultant at Dairy Strategies and professor emeritus at Cornell University. People feel heat stress, too. Here are a couple of ideas for your workforce on hot days:

  • The greatest reliever of heat stress is to remain hydrated! Make certain that liquids are always plentiful and easily accessible.
  • On especially hot days, take short breaks and provide refreshing drinks, such as lemonade.
  • Whenever possible, reschedule heavy work to cooler times during the day.  Construction workers often start very early in the morning to avoid the heat of the afternoon.
  • Have realistic expectations about how much can be done on hot days and especially during extended periods of hot days.

A simple rule: If you are hot, everyone else is as well, says Milligan. Maintain your productivity and others by acting appropriately to the temperature.

Also, see “Tips to stay safe in the heat.”