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June 23rd, 2021

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Heat, Humidity and Livestock

Humans aren’t the only ones suffering from the heat and drought this summer. Farm animals are feeling the heat, too.

Be cognizant of both the temperature and the relative humidity.  Humidity in our area?!  Yes, even in our desert region.  This morning the relative humidity reading showed 46% humidity at the Tri Cities Airport in Pasco, WA.  Both temperature and relative humidity will fluctuate during the day and night.

When your animal becomes too hot the body sends more blood flow to the skin to assist in cooling. Unfortunately, this causes the animal’s brain and internal organs to receive too little oxygen. Furthermore, heatstroke causes your animal to sweat excessively, and this loss of electrolytes and fluid only adds to the dire circumstances.  Even worse, if your animal is not sweating at all when he or she should be, it is an urgent sign of heatstroke.  High relative humidity reduces the ability of animal to use evaporation to dissipate heat.

Simple guidelines you can follow to reduce the impacts of high temperatures on animals:

Water: An animals’ water consumption in hot weather conditions will increase 50-100 percent. Be sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water available at all times.  Like humans, animals need to stay hydrated.  Place it in a shady location if possible.

Shade: Make sure they have shade so they can get out of the direct sunlight.  Never lock them in a shelter because it will be hot inside.  However, as the sun moves throughout the day the shade will move around the outside of the shelter allowing your animal to move with the shade.  A heavily canopied tree can also provide shade.

Food:  Your animal needs access to plenty of food.  Quality hay and pasture both provide energy and help your animal regulate his own body temperature.  Place feeders in a shady location if possible.

Handling:  Handling animals in high heat is dangerous for both you and your animal.  The combination of stress and high heat can kill an animal.  If you must handle an animal, do it early in the morning or late in the evening when it is somewhat cooler and move the animal slowly.

 

 

Whirlwind in the hay field!

June 12th, 2021

During 2nd cutting we had some excitement.  A whirlwind came through one of the fields and made of mess of the raked hay.  Mother Nature put on quite a show!

Jasper (3 yrs old) was riding with his Dad when they filmed this.  When the whirlwind came closer it scared him.  We’ve had a few smaller whirlwinds come through since this one and now Jasper is used to them.

 

 

2nd Cutting is Ready!

June 12th, 2021

We finished 2nd cutting yesterday.  It was in the stack and fully tarped by dark.  We had all 3 balers working hard and fast to get finished before the expected rain last night.  We made it!  Clean, green, sweet smelling, consistency in every bale and no rain.

A rail car spur runs between two of our fields.  That’s why you see rail cars parked in the photo.

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The view from one of our fields.  We love the Horse Heaven Hills vista.

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Honor Them…Remember Them

May 28th, 2021

As we enter this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who paid the ultimate price.  If visiting a cemetery and you notice coins placed on the headstone, here is the meaning of each coin.

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Stealth Hunters!

May 18th, 2021

Two great blue herons were hunting the hay field that’s right outside our back yard this morning.  We watched them hold extremely still then all of a sudden strike and come up with a meadow vole!  It was amazing how many they caught.

Great Blue Herons hunting the field