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Updated: June 15, 2021

June 8, 2021  |  Volume 2, Issue 2

Summer is finally here and most have finished planting their corn and started making hay. This last week brought some much-needed rain to the region which should help get the corn going. Keep in mind that as we get into summer, we also need to worry about heat stress. Cows begin to feel heat stressed when the temperatures rise above 75°F at humidity levels that are typical for our area. Calves and heifers are also susceptible to heat stress, as are dry cows. Provide fans if possible, or at a minimum, access to shade and plenty of clean water.

In this issue, we will focus on tips to help you think about profitability, heifer management, fly control, and pasture management.

If there is a specific topic that you would like to learn more about in future issues, please contact me (; 301-432-2767 ext. 324).

We will be hosting a Dairy Field Day on July 13th and there are several online educational opportunities coming up that may be of interest; see page 14 for details. Visit our new extension page for additional resources:

Best Regards,

Sarah Potts
Extension Specialist, Dairy & Beef

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