Heat stress danger for stock as temperatures soar

As temperatures rise, farmers are being reminded about the risk of heat stress in stock. 

Temperatures are expected to push into the high 30degCs this week, creating an extreme fire danger and causing concerns for people's wellbeing.

The soaring temperatures can also cause problems for stock.

Federated Farmers vice-president, Andrew Hoggard said farmers in affected areas need to make sure there is adequate water supply for stock.

"By and large we are in a good place amount of supplements, so won't have too much worry around loss of feed," he said.

"The main thing is to make sure stock have plenty of access to water, but most farmers know how to handle their stock," sais Mr Hoggard.


He said cattle prefer a temperature of around 25degCs, with anything above that meaning they may be susceptable to heat stress.

"Just make sure the water system is going - it would be a horrible time for that to break down."

Meanwhile Mr Hoggard said his Manawutu farm is unaffected by the hot weather.

"It's raining here, so I am not too worried. I am using the time to get the last of the hay done."