It’s Too Hot

23 Sep

We are having record heat today.  It’s been horribly hot for several days now, and we have one more to go before there’s a break in the weather.

Most of the animals are hanging in there okay.  I did notice last night that it was kind of a strain on my cattle tank and well.

They drained the tank.  As fast as the water was coming in, 2J80 was slurping it up.

They eventually drained the holding tank in the well.  Poor Green 25 was not getting in to drink, and she was panting horribly.

I did give her a few partial buckets of water that I had out for the goats.  That seemed to help.  Then I did hose her down a bit too.  I went out to check her in the Back Forty today, and she’s still  stressed.

There is a breeze in the pasture, and they are all hanging out in the shade.  It’s better than in the barnyard.  Some of the cows seem to be rather muddy.

They’ve found a way to keep themselves cool.  Or at least a little cooler.  If Green 25 was smart, she’d go down there to cool off too, but she is quite clean.

The bull seemed to think dozing the day away on the mud bank would be the best way to deal with the heat.

I did try to help them out by adding several tubs of water, so more of them could drink before the well/cattle tank couldn’t keep up.

Green 25 seems to appreciate it.  I hope they can hang in there.

6 Responses to “It’s Too Hot”

  1. janicead September 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    Farm ponds, tanks as we call them in Texas, are usually populated by cattle up to their bellies during the hot time of the year. Of course the water coming out of our cold water faucet in an apartment build was around 86 degrees. Guess that would be cooler than the 109 air.

  2. Patty B September 24, 2017 at 9:18 am #

    we are in the midst of a heatwave too – I always feel sorry for the animals when it gets this hot, but God created them to deal with the heat just like he did us before air conditioning! Now we are a spoiled bunch. 🙂 Actually we can learn from them by slowing down and resting in the shade when it gets too hot. Hopefully the cooler weather will be here soon to refresh us.

  3. pattisj September 24, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Too bad we can’t harness all the water from the hurricanes and spread it around. Hope you see relief soon!

  4. Alica September 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    We’re having a heat wave here too…if you’ve got another day left, hopefully we’ll get cooler weather soon after! 🙂 I know how stressed cows/cattle can get in the heat. Hope they hang in there!

    • Teresa September 24, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

      Thanks. You guys too.

  5. Jeanne September 24, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

    I hope your heat wave ends very soon. It can be so miserable!!

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