The impact of heat stress to livestock is increasing rapidly. Environments with high temperatures and humidity are detrimental to the productivity and sustainability of commercial animal agriculture. Improved heat tolerance through a cooler hair coat is a novel trait in dairy breeding.
HEAT STRESS AND ECONOMIC LOSSES
How much is heat stress costing you? Heat stress losses in the dairy industry add up to billions of dollars every year, due to decreases in dry matter intake, milk yield, and impaired reproductive efficiency.