GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Erin Turner, owner of the Spring Creek Farm in Greene County, said it’s important for farmers to use a variety of techniques to keep their cows cool during the hot summer months.

“All of our pastures have trees somewhere,” Turner said. “But everywhere they have access to their shade, and they always have access to fresh water.”


Turner told News Channel 11 that she uses a device to monitor the temperature of the ground to make sure that there are areas that are too warm for the cows. By leaving the grass in the pastures long, the ground stays cooler.

“We’re going to see a temperature difference of easily 40 degrees or more,” Turner said. “In the middle of the day, on a hot day, it might be anywhere from 100 to 140 degrees on that soil or that concrete, while the grass, even short grass, is closer to 90 or 89 degrees, somewhere in between.”

Turner said she rotates her cows to different pastures regularly so the grass has time to regrow and there are no dirty spots on the pasture.

“We always want to have at least four inches on it,” Turner said. “That makes it a little easier in the summer months when it rains a lot.”

Another way to prevent cows from suffering from stress heat is to watch for signs such as excessive panting or drooling.