An unfortunately common misconception is that livestock farmers don’t need to provide their animals with as much water in the winter as they do the rest of the year. While it is true that heat stress related dehydration isn't an issue in the winter, your animals still expend significant energy trying to keep warm, eating more as a result.
Some like it hot. The rest of us don’t do so hot in the heat. Whether you farm in humid Florida, dry Nevada or chilly Minnesota, heat stress is a risk for your livestock, your crops, and you.
What is heat stress?
Basically, heat stress is what happens when your body becomes unable to regulate your internal temperature and you start to “overheat”. Almost always, heat stress is the result of outward conditions.