More than 1,000 dairy calves have died in the Midwest heat wave, according to this story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Half of the herds affected by the deaths are in Wisconsin, officials from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said on Friday.
All cases involve dairy calves between two to seven days of age that have been housed in outdoor calf hutches with no shade, according to this news release from the agency.
"Dairy operators who are expecting calves or who have very new calves are advised to follow some of the same procedures used in high heat areas of the country, like Arizona, where it is common practice to hose down one- to seven-day-old calves with cool water in the late afternoon,” said Donald Sockett, epidemiologist/microbiologist with the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
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