Heat Waves

Woman working in garden on sunny day

Working in the Heat

The New York State Hazard Mitigation Plan defines a heatwave  as, “temperatures that are 10 degrees above average, usually combined with an elevated level of humidity for a prolonged period of time.” Working in hot conditions is taxing on the body. Be prepared to take care of yourself and others when you work outside in the summer months. Recommended resources include:

Water. Rest. Shade. Campaign – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Heat Safety Tips and Resources – National Weather Service

Extreme Heat Advice – New York State Department of Health

Extreme Heat – Environmental Protection Agency

Heat Cautions for Animals

General advice provided to locals by Illinois Extension:  “…for production animals we caution that they be given plenty of fresh water, shade, and ventilation. If a four-legged farm animal refuses to eat, is salivating excessively, exhibits labored breathing, or has convulsions the vet should be called and the animal bathed in cool water starting at the ribs and working the way down the legs.” Recommended resources include:

Heat stress in dairy cattle (PDF) – University of Arkansas

Heat stress in sheep and goats – Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland

Heat stress in swine – University of Minnesota

Heat Stress Management in Broilers (PDF) – IFAS Extension


  • Dairy Cattle Heat Stress Webinar in English and Spanish
    Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest and Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Programs, with Cornell PRO-DAIRY, invite NYS dairy producers and employees free webinar focused on heat stress in dairy cattle. This virtual learning opportunity will be offered in English on Tuesday, July 21,and in Spanish on Wednesday, July 22. Both will be held…