Cattle at Tatura’s International Dairy Week are being kept cool in anticipation of an increase in temperature, with the mercury set to hit 38°C tomorrow.By Jordie Krautz
Cattle at Tatura’s International Dairy Week are being kept cool in anticipation of an increase in temperature, with the mercury set to hit 38°C tomorrow.
Gapstead Holstein stud owner Michael Harvey said owners had been taking multiple measures to protect their cattle against the heat.
‘‘On hot days, we’ll hose them down occasionally to help them keep cool,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve got four cows here — two milkers and two heifers.’’
Mr Harvey, who has run the Katunga stud for seven years with his wife, said his cattle were already acclimatised to the hot weather, as they were from the region.
‘‘My cattle are used to it by now, but for cattle coming from districts like Gippsland, it might be a bit different,’’ he said.
Mr Harvey said he gave his cattle a feed additive to help them deal with the heat.
The animals at Dairy Week are sheltered in sheds that have fans and evaporative air conditioning, complemented, of course, by the pampering of their owners.
They also have access to a wash-down area.
When it was hot, the cattle tended to eat less and that could affect their weight and milk production, Mr Harvey said.
Dairy Week suffered a temporary blackout in Monday’s 35°C heat when the electrical system became overloaded.
Organisers appealed for people occupying caravans to turn their air conditioners off.
Two extra generators were brought in on Monday night and were working on Tuesday.
Organisers said the extra number of people living on-site this year and the hot conditions contributed to the extra demand for power.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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