Are You Prepared For The Heat Of Summer?

With warmer temperatures and more exposure to the sun just around the corner, next week’s episodes of The Dairy Signal from Professional Dairy Producers will highlight strategies to keep people and farms safe, and the impact of heat stress on dairy cow reproduction.

This week’s episodes of The Dairy Signal will cover the following topics:

Tuesday, May 17

Protecting yourself and your team from the sun and heat stress has both short- and long-term health benefits. Learn strategies for working and playing safely in the heat, including sun-protection tips and how to prevent and identify heat stress and heat stroke with Leslie Olivares, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at UC-Davis.

Wednesday, May 18

A quick response can save property and lives in case of a fire. Discover important tips to prevent common fire hazards and learn how to respond when equipment or tractors overheat — or when a fire starts in a barn — with Pittsville Fire Chief Gerald Minor.

Thursday, May 19

Take a closer look into how heat stress impacts dairy cow reproduction, including longer breed-back time, incidence of twins and more. Learn practical strategies to combat these adverse effects during warmer summer months with UW-Madison Dairy Reproductive Specialist Dr. Paul Fricke.

The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. Developed by dairy farmers and members of the Professional Dairy Producers Board of Directors, the episodes air live from 12-1:00 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live sessions offer attendees the opportunity to engage in open Q&A with the speakers; recorded sessions are available later in the day.

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