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Please join us for a presentation from Dr. Sha Tao, an associate professor in heat stress physiology and management at the University of Georgia. The impact of postnatal heat stress on dairy calves has been seldomly studied mainly because of the notion that the calf is less susceptible to heat. However, the preweaned dairy calf has elevated body temperature when exposed to heat stress, similar to adult dairy cattle. Postnatal heat stress may have direct effects on body growth and immunity of the calves before weaning. Additionally, there may be seasonal effects on calf growth and mortality. During summer, strategies such as forced ventilation, shade and proper nutritional management may help minimize the potential impacts of heat stress on dairy calves.