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Environmental temperatures represent one of the most detrimental stressors to livestock production systems. Dairy cattle are especially susceptible and common means for reducing thermal load include sprinkler systems (Tresoldi et al., 2018) and shade structures (Beggs et al., 2019). Less is known regarding implementation of shade structures in the beef cattle industry. Edwards-Callaway et al. (2021) present a comprehensive review on the benefits of shade provision to beef cattle at multiple stages of the life cycle.

Impacts of shade on cattle well-being

Credit: Journal of Animal Science, Volume 99, Issue 2, February 2021, skaa411, doi.org/10.1093/skaa411

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Description: Environmental temperatures represent one of the most detrimental stressors to livestock production systems. Dairy cattle are especially susceptible and common means for reducing thermal load include sprinkler systems (Tresoldi et al., 2018) and shade structures (Beggs et al., 2019). Less is known regarding implementation of shade structures in the beef cattle industry. Edwards-Callaway et al. (2021) present a comprehensive review on the benefits of shade provision to beef cattle at multiple stages of the life cycle.

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