National Cattle Comfort Advisor Now Available- Webinar Showcases Online Product on FridayThu, 25 Jan 2018 05:27:34 CST
Cattle producers have always monitored their cattle in response to extreme weather conditions. A new tool is available that measures cold and heat stress levels on cattle. The National Cattle Comfort Advisor helps cattle producers closely monitor challenging weather situations and provides a way to measure the severity and duration of cold or hot events.
Albert Sutherland, the Ag Program Coordinator for the Oklahoma Mesonet, will present a free webinar, “New National Cattle Comfort Advisor” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26. The webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about the National Cattle Comfort Advisor. Specifically, webinar participants can expect to learn the basics of the tool and ways it can be used by producers to monitor stress caused by extreme temperatures.
This new, year-round tool takes into account: air temperature, wind speed, sunlight, and humidity. Using these variables, it calculates heat and cold index values. National maps are produced on an hourly basis at three different sunlight levels. Past maps go back to Jan. 1, 2016. The National Cattle Comfort Advisor can be accessed by clicking or tapping here.
This Cattle Comfort tool is based off of the Oklahoma Mesonet Cattle Comfort Index that has been in place for the last several years- you can check out the Oklahoma Mesonet Cattle Comfort Index by clicking or tapping here. National Cattle Comfort index products are produced and maintained by the Oklahoma Mesonet in cooperation with Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University Department of Animal Science faculty.
More information and registration is available here.
Great Plains Grazing is a coordinated effort by a regional network of researchers and extension specialists to adapt beef cattle grazing strategies to changing conditions- participants include Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, Noble Research Institute and the USDA Ag Research Facility at Ft. Reno, Oklahoma.
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