Every year the Erie County Fair seems to falls on the hottest days of summer. In the heat it’s hard to stay cool, now add fur… Animal owners and exhibitors are taking extra precautions to keep their prized possessions safe in the heat.
The opening week of the fair has been a scorcher. In between rain showers, bright sunshine beat down on animals and fair goers alike.
One little exhibitor of goats, rabbits, and cows, Brianna, told News 4, “It’s hot and sticky and hot and sticky and hot and very hot!”
The heat is keeping animal owners busy. Extra precautions are being taken to make sure animals don’t overheat and suffer from a heat stroke. For cattle keeping their temperature down is simple.
Jocelyn, a cow exhibitor, explained what they do to keep the cows safe. She said, “We have the fans here to keep them cool, and the cows love it!”
Jessica Underberg, assistant agricultural manager at the fair told us they are always prepared for the heat but in addition to their efforts, the exhibitors plan ahead.
She said, “We make sure that we have extra fans available, and all of our buildings have fans in them now and have exhaust fans to pull the heat out, and you know what the exhibitors come prepared. When they see the forecast, they throw extra fans on their trailers and make sure they’re ready.”
But for other animals, it’s not as straightforward as fans. Pigs for example need a little bit of extra attention.
Isabelle and her friends who show pigs explained to us the extra detail that goes into keeping the swine happy and healthy. She told News 4,”Pigs don’t have sweat glands so basically our main goal is to make sure they stay hydrated.”
To do this there are 3 key things that owners must do.
Isabelle said, “We usually have spray bottles for them which helps keep them cool and fans and ice!”
Drinking water and staying hydrated is key but if that’s not enough, one of the places you can cool off in is the MOOternity Ward. You can even feed one of the little newborn calves!