User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : New Iphone App Helps Cattle Producers
Posted by Randy on 2013/7/26 4:43:56 (342 reads) News by the same author

Livestock researchers at the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) have developed a smartphone app called ThermalAid, which enables cattle producers to more conveniently and reliably monitor livestock conditions in relation to local temperature and humidity.

Click to see original Image in a new window


Easy access to temperature/humidity index readings will help producers more quickly determine when their cattle are heat stressed, according to Don Spiers, professor of animal science at CAFNR and leader of the research team that developed the app.

“ThermalAid is designed for use with beef or dairy cattle in pastures, feedlots or barns,” says Spiers. “In addition to heat and humidity readings, this simple application can help producers more accurately calculate livestock respiration rates, which have a direct correlation to heat stress.”

A stopwatch-like feature of ThermalAid lets producers count the number of breaths for an animal over a short interval. The producer then records the number and the app calculates the breaths per minute. Normal respiration rate for cattle is around 40 bpm. Rates for cattle under heat stress can run as high as 160-180 bpm.
Heat-stressed cattle eat less feed or stop eating completely, which lowers growth rates in beef cattle and reduces milk production in dairy cows. Also, heat stress can compromise cattle immune systems and jeopardize overall health. In the United States, heat-related losses in the beef and dairy industries can range into the hundreds of millions of dollars annually, says Spiers.

ThermalAid is tied to a website, ThermalNet (ThermalNet.missouri.edu), which the livestock research team has developed to offer extensive information on how to detect and reduce livestock heat stress. Recommendations to alleviate stress and reduce body temperatures include providing additional shade or installing mechanical cooling systems, such as fans or misters. Altering the animals’ diet is another alternative.

“The beauty of the app is that over time we’ll collect information from producers for a large database that will allow us to make even better predictions about how animals will respond to heat stress, not only in Missouri and the Midwest but all over the country,” says Spiers.

Eventually a global network will be created between producers and heat-stress specialists to provide site-specific recommendations to alleviate the problem, and ultimately reduce costs to the producers and consumers.

“The science of determining heat stress from the environment has been in the literature for decades,” Spiers notes. “Extension specialists have long talked about it with their cattle-producer clients. But ThermalAid can now place timely information immediately in their hands.”
Record heat levels in Missouri last summer have allowed the researchers to collect additional data to improve the app’s usefulness and predictive value.

ThermalAid is available for 99 cents at the Apple App Store. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch models running iOS 6.0 or later.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/7/30 14:21:48 - Endangered Person Advisory Issued For Missing Princeton Girl
2015/7/30 7:54:33 - Circuit Court In Trenton Sees A Variety Of Cases
2015/7/30 6:46:10 - Northwest Missouri Man Injured In Tuesday Night Accident
2015/7/30 6:40:44 - Two Trenton Residents Injured In Schuyler County Accident
2015/7/30 6:30:00 - Trenton Man Charged With Domestic Assault
2015/7/30 6:26:05 - Iowa Man Injured In Accident South Of Eagleville
2015/7/30 5:58:21 - Swine And Goat Show Results From North Central Missouri Fair
2015/7/30 4:29:28 - Facebook Scam Preyed On Grieving "Angel Mom"
2015/7/30 4:22:43 - Police: Inmate Assaults Missouri Corrections Officers In Escape Attempt
2015/7/30 4:17:44 - Effort Starts To Fight Kansas City's New Minimum Wage Law
2015/7/30 4:12:22 - J. C. Penney Employee: Boss Confronted Her Over Shorts She Bought At Same Store
2015/7/30 4:06:41 - Mother Charged After Toddler Found Unresponsive In Home Filled With Dead And Dying Animals
2015/7/30 3:56:29 - 4 Charged By Police With Burglary At Gallatin
2015/7/29 8:43:48 - Team Farmer Event At North Central Missouri Fair Canceled
2015/7/29 8:39:02 - Gallatin City Council Meets
2015/7/29 8:36:01 - Gallatin Man Arrested On Multiple Counts Of Child Porn
2015/7/29 6:39:38 - Habitat For Humanity To Hold Meeting At Chillicothe
2015/7/29 6:26:42 - Two Arrested By Chillicothe Police Involving Burglary At Gallatin
2015/7/29 5:55:46 - Breilly Roy Crowned North Central Missouri Fair Queen
2015/7/29 4:59:20 - Maysville Man, Congressional Candidate Charged In Drug Case
2015/7/29 4:46:00 - Inmate At Crossroads Correctional Center Dies
2015/7/29 4:42:28 - Cache Of Weapons Stolen From St. Joseph Pawn Shop
2015/7/29 4:40:00 - Authorities Investigate Amish Drinking Party In Livingston County
2015/7/29 4:39:22 - Diseased Wheat Plagues Farmers
2015/7/29 4:36:28 - Man Dies After Being Shot In Chest By Employee In Fight Near KU Hospital
2015/7/29 4:28:47 - Church Van On The Way To Branson Crashes Injuring 10 Children
2015/7/29 4:26:44 - Man Accused Of Using $476K In Employer's Funds For Strippers
2015/7/29 4:23:04 - Three Accused Of Stealing $70K Worth Of Toilet Paper
2015/7/29 4:15:37 - Kansas Man Faces 80 Year Prison Sentence For Raping 2 Kids Under 10 Years Old
2015/7/29 4:12:31 - Missouri Middle School Teacher Allegedly Used Tree House To Have Sexual Relations With Student



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM