Journal article

The effect of heat stress on milk production and the profitability of investing in a permanent shade structure

Garry Griffith, Sam Henty

Australian Farm and Business Management Journal | University of New England | Published : 2017

Abstract

This paper details an economic analysis of investment in a permanent shade structure to minimise milk production losses as a result of heat stress. Using data over a seven year period from a northern Victorian dairy farm, the analysis found that annual milk production loss, due to heat stress, varied from 240 litres to 415 litres per cow per year. This variation was due to the number and severity of days that exceeded the Temperature Humidity Index threshold. Three future climate scenarios were developed for the next 20 years and these generated differing milk production losses. Net present values from different scenarios over the 20 year period showed that the level of profitability of inv..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers