This summer has been trying for many in Airdrie's agricultural community whether it be the extreme heat, sudden weather changes or lack of precipitation in the early spring.

When speaking of the risks of extreme weather in agriculture, the first thing that comes to mind is the health of the crops however the health of livestock are at just as much risk. 

Dr Tom Picherak from the Carstairs Veterinarian Clinic says there are risks to livestock in these temperatures but it's not necessarily the direct heat. 

"Due to the heat, you will have an increase in fly population that will fly around the livestock eyes and bother them. The other thing to worry about is the overall forage, after x amount of days it becomes dry and crispy and can affect the cattle's feet by giving them foot rot due to how prickly it is."

Apart from the fly and dry ground another potentially devastating risk to your livestock herd can be the quality and state of their water source. 

"Your livestock need access to fresh water and clean water. Sometimes these animals rely on dugouts and streams that can become acidic. The waterways can be tainted by other animals such as geese, the geese will use the waterways and defecate in stream creating bacteria for the livestock." 

Picheark also says testing these waterways are crucial to the overall health of your livestock during the period of heat like one we are currently experiencing. 

"Checking those water sources are crucial, it's worth getting those little water tests. You can go to your dugouts and figure out what the ph levels of your water are and the salinity of the water source. Take that sample into the human health lab and get it checked. If your livestock is being fed by dumping water into water troughs make sure they are all full on day one because the animals will go through it so fast. 

Questions? Comments? Story ideas? Email us at [email protected]

 

More Local News

Missions Team Safely Evacuated From Haiti

A missions team with three Airdrie residents a part of it, and others from Carstairs, Didsbury and Olds has been safely evacuated from Haiti and are now on their way to Calgary.

Business and Construction Growth Steady in 2018 Says Economic Development

The City of Airdrie's Economic Development department has just released it's 2018 Year in Review which says business and construction growth in the city was steady in the past year.

Advice for Winter Driving On the Family Day Weekend

The weather forecast for the weekend may be telling us to just stay home but, with the Family Day holiday here, many people have plans and some of them involve driving.

Emergency Evacuation Underway From Haiti for Airdrie Led Missions Team

A Haiti missions team from southern Alberta, including the two founders from Airdrie, is being evacuated from their compound today (February 15) by helicopter bound for the Port Au Prince Airport as…

Two Fatalities in Multi-Vehicle Collision Near Beiseker

Two drivers were involved in a fatal collision yesterday evening around 8:30 p.m.

RCMP Investigate TV Thefts

Airdrie RCMP are asking the public for assistance in identifying two people responsible for the theft of two big screen TV's.

Angela Pitt and the UCP's Meet In Edmonton for Election Preparation

We don't know yet when the Provincial Election will be called in Alberta but when it is, the United Conservative Party plans to be ready.

Third Annual Legacy Run Brings Awareness to A Devastating Issue

Family violence is a serious and pervasive public health issue that impacts individuals and families of all cultures, religions and socio-economic backgrounds and now two Airdrie agencies are hoping…

Straschnitzki Family Feels Duped

After the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash nearly ten months ago, the community of Airdrie and much of Canada rallied behind Airdrie's Straschnitzki Family including a local hotel.

Airdrie Hotel Hit With Overnight Armed Robbery

Airdrie RCMP are investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Best Western hotel on Edmonton Trail in Airdrie early this morning (February 14).

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login