There are very few reasons for mobs of livestock to have access to ponds beyond and emergency drinking water access. My reason here is that these heifers needed to be separated from the main cow herd for the 45 day breeding season and the only paddock I have does not have shade or even a high point to catch a breeze such as the pond dam where the heifers in the second photo are standing.
Ideally, allotting short term adequate shaded space is the optimal. Video below shows comfortable cows and calves.
In many cases, cattle not selected for heat tolerance will immerse themselves in a pond for relief. The flip side is that oftentimes these cattle will tolerate severe cold better than the others. We can spend decades selecting for the genetics which thrive in each of our unique environments and management. Hopefully also providing a quality eating experience for the consumer.
So, is Dubai just like Missouri?! We joke in Missouri that if you don’t like the weather, just hang around a few hours and it will change – and it’s true quite a lot. One morning you’ll be running the furnace because the temps are in the teens (fahrenheit) and by afternoon, the air conditioner is coming on because it’s in the 80s!.
In Dubai this week two days ago was sunny, hot, and 98 degrees, next day was sand storm and 96 all day, and early this morning, i woke to the gentle ping of rain on the window. Not much accumulated, but the streets are flooded!
Dubai’s annual rainfall is 3.71 inches per year, with March being the second highest rainfall month of a whopping .87 of an inch (March has the most days of rain at 5) However, the past couple years, the annual has risen to nearly 5.91 inches a year. Apparently, UAE is seeding the clouds to hopefully increase the rainfall. Whether or not that is working or if this is just a natural increase we’ll never be know, though i suspect the cloud seeding enthusiasts will be claiming success!
Fought severe allergy after coming in at 1am this morning. It’s really, really bad out there; the wind seems to be keeping it stirred. Took two Benadryl (so far Zyrtec had been holding, but no longer). Finally, got to sleep about 3am.
Alarm off at 6:30 – i accidentally hit the snooze, but thank goodness, because i didn’t get up! Up and out by 6:45am. Couple of heat detector patches are turned blue, which means heats in the wee hours. I wrote down the numbers. Still concerned about the lack of activity.
Set up a poly wire and posts to give them more grazing allotment.
It was SO good to see June smile again! She had been very self-conscious about her smile because her front teeth were missing (they had broken some weeks earlier). Now with her new partial in place, she is free to relax, smile, and be herself. What a blessing.
Checked the cows – one more in standing heat.
High allergy again with so much wind and heat (87F feels like 93), so i cannot spend long outside before staggering back into the a/c for a couple of hours. I sure don’t like to hurry the time, but that first frost is always such a relief.
Mostly rested today, signed some paperwork for an EQIP NRCS conservation programme, scanned, and e-mailed the copies back. Checking the cows every two hours, transplanted three potted mums into the front landscaping, snapped and froze two gallons of green beans, hooked onto the little stock trailer and pulled it up to the seed plant – not sure how it ended up at our house, but that happens, and doing my daily exercises. Oh, yes, and i took a much needed nap!
Last heat check at 8pm, then get ready for bed. Grab some shut-eye, the up for check about 1am.