By Jason L. Turner and Sandra Barraza, New Mexico State University
Summer is the primary season for many equine competitions, and intense exercise coupled with a high ambient temperature can quickly put horses in the danger zone for heat-related illness. In this guide, we will discuss heat-related illness, physiological mechanisms of heat loss, and techniques for relieving heat stress in equines.
The weather generally remained warmer than average through the report week, as much as 4° Fahrenheit above normal. The warmest temperatures were felt from Texas up through the Midwest, with heat and humidity moving east through the report week.
A new study this month by Purdue University found that a new essential taste is fat, in addition to the five that have already been discovered. The five that currently exist are sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (a rich, savory taste).
For the past few years, beef cattle producers have been receiving strong economic signals to increase the size of the nation's cow herd. While recent market prices have been historically high, expansion has been limited across much of the country due to large areas of significant drought. However, the situation has changed to the point where drought conditions currently exist only in the far west and in the southern tip of Florida.
Flames raged unchecked for a second day through tinder-dry brush and scrub oak in Northern California's ranch country on Thursday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of residents to flee, as firefighters sought to benefit from subsiding winds, officials said.