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Heat Stress Effect on Immune Function in Dairy Cattle

@inproceedings{Dahl2017HeatSE,
  title={Heat Stress Effect on Immune Function in Dairy Cattle},
  author={Geoffrey E. Dahl and Robert Joseph Collier},
  year={2017}
}
Environmental factors, particularly heat stress, present challenges to dairy cow productivity and health. In the absence of active cooling, exposure to elevated temperatures and humidity significantly reduce dry matter intake during lactation, and subsequent declines in milk yield can approach 25% depending on the severity and duration of the heat stress (reviewed by West, 2003). Lactating cows make metabolic adaptations which repartition additional energy away from productive purposes such… 

Impacts of heat stress on immune responses and oxidative stress in farm animals and nutritional strategies for amelioration

The body of knowledge on heat stress impacts on immune response in farm animals is reviewed, identifying the shift in immune response from cell-mediated towards humoral response, thereby weakening the immune status of the animal.

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