A Dome Shelter Can Help Reduce the Risk of EHL in Dairy and Beef Herds

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With Australian farmers and growers being able to provide 93% of the country’s domestic food requirements, while still exporting over 60% of their products, one would think everything in the agricultural garden was rosy.
The reality is not at all as encouraging. Although agriculture and ancillary businesses account for over 10% GDP, many family-owned farms have been sold off, while others try to generate income from the increasing tourist industry. With this in mind, ensuring both dairy and beef herds are maintained in prime condition should be every farmer’s main aim to maximise return on investment.

Excessive Heat Load in Cattle

One pressing problem that farmers face is excessive heat load. Once the air temperature reaches 26C, cows and cattle begin the feel the effects. As it increases, or remains at high levels for a prolonged period of time, the animal begins to suffer. In extreme situations, death can occur. Without some form of shade for the animals to get out of direct sunlight, not only will the animal suffer, but milk yield and body weight will drop, and conception and calving reduce, resulting in less income for the already struggling farmer.

Using Dome Shelters

With careful planning, a dome shelter can provide a number of benefits for both farmer and animals. Reflecting over 50% of the sun’s rays, the canopy will provide much needed shade. The shelter can be used as a pre-milking area, or even converted to become a full milking parlour. The adaptable dome shelter is available in stock sizes, or can be designed to individual requirements. Head on over to ContainerDomes.com.au blog page to know more.http://bit.ly/2jhIbdm

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