Toxins produced by blue-green algae in the presence of chemical runoff, rainfall and hot temperatures can be fatal to cattle.
In addition to heat stress, and potential shortages of forage water, hot dry weather can have other negative effects on livestock that can cause significant losses.
As temperatures begin to increase, health officials in several states are warning livestock and pet owners to be aware of dangerous blue-green algae blooms.
Water quality issues continue to worsen as drought and high temperatures increase the risk of high sulfate water.
During hot summer months, the water needed for a cow herd often determines several other management decisions, but you should expect most spring calving cows need at least 24 gallons per day.
Recently there have been concerns about algae blooms on stock dams. The predominant question is 'Do I need to be concerned about my livestock?'
With the expanding and worsening drought conditions across the Northern Plains, there has been increased concern about livestock water quality.
Algae typically isn’t associated with cattle feed, but some interesting research results may change this.