A recent tour of dairy farms on the eastern side of the Midwest by Kansas State dairy specialist Mike Brouk revealed some common problems with cooling cows. Some dairy operations lacked fans or had fans that were poorly positioned, feed line soakers were absent or improperly installed and there were too many systems that simply moved hot air over hot cows.
Brouk says producers have forgotten the magic of putting water over the cows' backs to keep them cool. He discusses the benefits of evaporative cooling in the recent "Milk Lines" podcast, "Evaporative Cooling for Cows."
"Milk Lines" is co-produced by the Kansas State College of Agriculture and the Kansas State Radio Network.