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Impacts of Stress on Animal Welfare and Performance

Environmental and management conditions can stress livestock and impair their health. Poor health can result in poor performance. For example, the U.S. dairy industry loses around $1 billion each year as a result of heat stress to dairy cows. Adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes can be especially hard on grazing cattle that are often exposed to the elements and confinement feeding operations where close quarters can intensify conditions.

Researchers from land-grant universities across the nation are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and international partners to find innovative ways to reduce stress on livestock and maintain high levels of performance.


By providing scientists, educators, veterinarians, producers, and policymakers with the latest research-based information, this project is helping protect livestock health, sustain livestock performance, and ensure a steady supply of high-quality beef and dairy products for consumers.

NIFA supports the research through the Multistate Research Fund.

Read more of Sarah Delheimer's fact sheet.

Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.


 
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