CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The first day of the Trumbull County Fair was one of the hottest of the summer. Kids in 4-H had to work even harder on Tuesday to keep their livestock cool.
“If they’re, like, out in the heat, they could get a heat stroke and all those kinds of things,” said Emma Wylie with Brookfield 4-H Friends.
They used several different methods to make sure the animals didn’t overheat. This meant giving the animals enough cold water and even tying window fans to the rafters.
Ashley Wilson with Trumbull County Dairy Feeders says it is very important to keep the cows cool.
“If they get overheated, they can possibly have a stroke and pass away,” she said. “I’ll come and check on them about every 30 minutes to make sure if they have fresh water and then if it’s really hot, I’ll come check them every ten minutes or so.”
These 4-H kids know what to do to make sure their animals don’t suffer from heat exhaustion.
Riley Boggess with Happy Hams says her pig likes to be sprayed with water to keep cool, while Emilee Lukehart with Kinsman Kids puts frozen water bottles in her rabbit’s cage.
“You have to be constantly…watching them and making sure that they’re breathing okay, they’re still eating and everything’s okay with them,” Lukehart said.
People heading out to the fairgrounds should keep the heat in mind, too. Drinking plenty of water and packing sunscreen will help combat the warm temperatures and hot sun.