heat stress http://iowapublicradio.org en Hoop Barns Protect Cattle From Heat http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hoop-barns-protect-cattle-heat <div class="article-body"><p>Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.</p><p>Some cattle producers are protecting their herds by putting them hoop barns, which are gaining acceptance across the Midwest. The simple structures are made from stretching fabric over strong metal arches, or hoops, providing vital shade and protection from rain, snow or sun.</p><p>Tanner Rowe, a cattle producer near Dallas Canter, Iowa, has found hoop barns can give cattle a much-needed break from sweltering heat.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:38:33 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 4994 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hoop Barns Protect Cattle From Heat