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Five tips to help calves beat summer heat

As temperatures rise, watch calves closely for early signs of dehydration.

As summer heats up, calves may behave differently to avoid heat stress. By providing calves with a proper environment and good management, dairy producers can help reduce harm to their calves resulting from heat stress.

“Heat stress in calves causes an increase in respiration rates and body temperature, decreased feed intake, rapid dehydration and reduced immune system function,” said Julian "Skip" Olson, technical services manager for Milk Products. “It is important

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