Mississippi's high temperatures challenge poultry
Poultry, as well as other agricultural commodities, are feeling the heat
Poultry, livestock, and field crops are struggling through the hottest days
of summer. In poultry units, the damage from heat stress can be seen in only a
matter of minutes.
According to poultry specialist, Craig Coufal, heat becomes an issue every
summer, even though extremely hot days are not uncommon at this time of the
year. Farmers need to keep a close eye on the birds and must be ready to respond
quickly if necessary. Coufal states that birds typically eat less, and body
weights are lower at processing time. Additionally, mortalities are not
â€œModern broiler facilities are environmentally controlled with evaporative
cooling pads and fans to help keep the birds cooler,â€ Coufal said. However, he
says: â€œIf something does break down, it is a matter of minutes before the impact
Heat-stress concerns are not limited to Mississippi's poultry and other
agricultural commodities. Risk management specialist, Ted Gordon, sid there are
more workers' compensation claims for heat illness in agricultural workers than
any other occupation.
Temperature forcast highs in Mississippi for today, 20 Aug, 2007, are 92 -
100ÂºF (33 - 38ÂºC)
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