Farmer loses 80 cows due to heat stress.
- The region is getting hotter, Gippsland has seen 21 consecutive years with above average temperatures.
- Further temperature rises are expected with more extremely hot days.
- Increased heat stress is already leading to the choice of more heat tolerant cattle breeds, which are of a lower meat quality.
- Dairy farmers may face the choice of investing in more heat tolerant breeds of cow or on significant infrastructure for cooling systems.
- Heat stress reduces animal growth, feeding rates, reproduction and milk quality.
- Beef productivity is expected to drop by 19% by 2050.
- Climate change may also promote disease and pest outbreaks in agriculture.
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* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.
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Hughes et al., “Feeding a Hungry Nation: Climate Change, Food and Farming in Australia.”49.
Efficiency, “Fact Sheet – Victoria.”2.
Sudmeyer et al., “Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation for Agriculture in Western Australia.”79.