The Heat Stress Road Show will be in Stephenville on April 1 to focus on managing heat stress on the dairy herd. This multi-institutional effort is funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with universities and the Extension Service. Programs have already been conducted in Florida and Puerto Rico, and future events will be held in Stephenville on April 1 in Phoenix, AZ on April 2 and in Tulare, CA on April 4.

As a part of the Dairy Heat Stress Road Show, dairy producers are surveyed about the program and the impact heat stress has on their cows and dairy operation. In the first two programs offered in Florida and Puerto Rico, 100% of the participants were satisfied to completely satisfied with the program. Participants comments indicated that they liked most of the discussions concerning, “genetic selection information,” “the effect of dry cow cooling,” and “facility modifications.” So far, over 69% of the program participants say they will make changes based on the training information.

Topics and speakers include Nutritional Additives and Facility Modifications to Reduce Heat Stress, Dr. Robert Collier, Professor, University of Arizona; Should We Cool Dry Cows? Dr. Geoffrey Dahl, Professor and Head of Department, University of Florida; Current and Future Opportunities to Reduce the Impact of Heat Stress, Dr. Pete Hansen, Distinguished Professor, University of Florida; Dr. Todd Bilby, Dairy Technical Services Manager with Merck Animal Health will speak on Tools and Technologies to Assess Heat Stress on Commercial Dairies.

The Stephenville program will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center located at 1229 N. US Hwy. 281 from 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. The program will include the latest research technology, software tools and proceedings in English and Spanish. Lunch will be provided for participants.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Erath County at 254-965-1460 or erath-tx@tamu.edu.

Whit Weems is an Erath County extension agent. His column appears weekly and online at yourstephenvilletx.com.