Opening remarks 11; A. Nardone; Invited speakers; Bioclimatology and adaptation of farm animals in a changing climate 15; H.H. Khalifa; Perspective on development of thermal indices for animal studies and management 31; G.L. Hahn, T.L. Mader & R.A. Eigenberg; Physiological and productive consequences of heat stress. The case of dairy ruminants 45; N. Lacetera, U. Bernabucci, B. Ronchi & A. Nardone; Novel approaches for the alleviation of climatic stress in farm animals 61; R.J. Collier, C. Coppola & A. Wolfgram; Contribution of animal husbandry to climatic changes 73; J. Hartung; Strategies for reducing the effects of animal husbandry on climate 81; G.J. Monteny; Short communications; The effects of high ambient temperature on certain physiological parameters on rabbits in Greece 91; G. Antonakos, E. Xylouri, G. Frangiadakis, D. Kalogiannis & I. Menegatos; Oxidative status in transition dairy cows under heat stress conditions 92; U. Bernabucci, N. Lacetera, A. Nardone & B. Ronchi; The effect of climatic conditions on performances of dairy cows in Tunisia 93; R. Bouraoui, M. Lahmar, A. Majdoub & M. Djemali; Factors affecting some blood parameters and rectal temperature in cows in the Tropics 94; F. Cerutti, R. Rizzi, M. Faustini & C. Colombani; Genetic characterisation of Nellore and Criolla cattle: preliminary results 95; S. Conti, R. Bozzi, D. Marletta, A. Giorgetti & A. Martini; The effect of environmental temperature and humidity on cashmere yield, secondary active follicles and thyroid hormones in cashmere goats 96; A. Di Trana, P. Celi & R. Celi; Ultrastructural characterization of rabbit sperm abnormalities under heat stress conditions 97; A.M. Fausto, A.R. Taddei, G. Kuzminsky & P. Morera. Categorizing heat load in grain-fed beef cattle - New approaches 98; J.B. Gaughan & R.A. Eigenberg; Using panting scores to assess heat load in cattle 99; J.B. Gaughan; Seasonal variations of milk quality in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese manufacture on a period of 10 years 100; M. Malacarne, E. Fossa, S. Sandri, F. Tosi, A. Summer & P. Mariani; Macrominerals in buffalo at different physiological state during winter and summer 101; Zia-ur-Rahman, M. Ashraf & A. Khan; Microminerals in buffalo at different physiological state during winter and summer 102; Zia-ur-Rahman, M. Ashraf & A. Khan; A higher susceptibility of hyperthermic animals to infectious disease 103; Masaaki Shibata; Heat stress parameters in Azawak (Bos indicus) and Modicana (Bos taurus) cattle 104; M. Zecchini, S. Bordonaro, S. Barbieri, D. Marletta, G. D'Urso & C. Crimella; Cooling non-lactating dairy cows reduces stress and improves postpartum performance 105; L. Avendano-Reyes, F.D. Alvarez-Valenzuela, A. Correa-Calderon, J.S. Saucedo-Quintero, F. Rivera-Acuna, F.J. Verdugo-Zarate, C.F. Arechiga-Flores & P.H. Robinson; Use of different shelter in summer for dairy sheep: lamb birth and weaning weight 106; L. Biondi, G. Cascone, G. Piccione & P. Pennisi; Shade effects on physiological responses of feeder cattle 107; T.M. Brown-Brandl, R.A. Eigenberg, J.A. Nienaber & G.L. Hahn; Productive and metabolic response of dairy cows raised in barn equipped with fans and misters during the summer season 108; L. Calamari, M. Speroni, E. Frazzi, L. Stefanini & G. Licitra; The effect of a combined progesterone (PRID) and ovosynch protocol on pregnancy rate in Buffalo 109; F. De Rensis, G. Ronci, P. Guarneri, A. Patelli, G.M. Bettoni & B.X. Nguyen; Cooling of dairy cows in Israel - Improving cows welfare and performance as well as reducing environmental contamination 110; I. Flamenbaum, E. Shoshani & E. Ezra; Behaviour of dairy cows in hot season in a barn equipped with automatic milking system (AMS) 111; E. Frazzi & F. Calegari. Effect of short-term cooling on some physiological responses of buffaloes. 1. Pregnant buffaloes 112; H.H. Khalifa, M.M. Youssef & M.M. Ghoneim; The covers for animals' protection in warm areas 113; A. Gusman, A. Marucci & C. Bibbiani; Behavior of crossbred lactating cows grazing Pennisetum purpureum, Schumaker in Southeastern Brazil under two feeding systems 114; L. P. Novaes, M. F. A. Pires, C. L. Werneck & R. S. Verneque; Effects of silymarin on rumen metabolism and microbial population in goats exposed to hot environment 115; G. Acuti, S. Costarelli, I. Tomassetti, E. Chiaradia, L. Avellini & M. Trabalza-Marinucci; CH4 emissions from cubicle houses on dairy farms with advanced nutrient management 116; J.W.H. Huis in 't Veld & G.J. Monteny; Effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration on floristic composition and forage quality of a Mediterranean grassland 117; A. Raschi, A. Martini, A. Pezzati, F. Albanito, M. Lanini & F. Selvi; A new abatement technique to reduce gaseous and particulate emissions from farm animal house 118; J. Schulz, L. Formosa, S. Koch, H. Snell & J. Hartung; Physiological responses of Holstein and Holstein x Jersey cattle in a grazing system in Argentina 119; P.E. Leva, M.S. Garcia, M.A. Veles, J. Gandolfo & S.E. Valtorta*; Author index 121; Keyword index 123.