Cool Cows (and calves): Managing Heat Stress From An Animal Welfare Perspective Webinar On July 19

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team’s 2023 Dairy Webinar Series continues Wednesday, July 19 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. CDT. Dr. Jennifer Van Os will discuss heat stress in dairy cows and calves from an animal welfare perspective, including recognizing how cattle tell us they need help beating the heat.

“Dr Van OS will promote best practices in management and housing to help the dairy industry adapt as our scientific knowledge about animal welfare continues to grow,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.  Additionally, she will review options for heat abatement strategies for lactating cows as well as pre-weaned calves in the Midwest. She will share some of the latest research coming out of UW-Madison on keeping cows and calves cool and comfortable.

Jennifer Van Os is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Animal Welfare on the faculty of the Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Van Os received her PhD in the interdisciplinary Animal Behavior graduate program at the University of California-Davis and conducted postdoctoral research in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia. The research in her lab at UW-Madison focuses on understanding, evaluating, and improving the welfare of dairy animals from biological- and social-science perspectives.

There is no fee to participate in the webinar; however, preregistration is required at least one hour before the webinar. Preregister online at:


For more information contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist in your area: in Northwest Iowa, Fred M. Hall, 712-737-4230 or; in Northeast Iowa, Jennifer Bentley, 563-382-2949 or; in East Central Iowa, Larry Tranel, 563-583-6496 or

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