Low-flow sprinklers may cool dairy cows

Low-flow sprinklers may cool dairy cows

Using low-flow cooling systems can reduce water use without compromising animal welfare.

Dairies use intermittent sprinkler systems to cool cows in warm weather, but little experimental work has been done to determine how much water is needed to achieve beneficial effects.

A group of dairy scientists conducted a study at the University of California-Davis to examine the effects of using low-flow sprinkler systems that cut water use for this purpose by nearly 75%. Their research is published in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science.

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