USDA offers new heat stress smartphone app

New app issues forecasts ahead of extreme heat conditions and suggests actions to reduce livestock heat stress.

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has launched a new smartphone application that forecasts conditions triggering heat stress in cattle.

The app is compatible with Android and Apple mobile phones, and issues forecasts one to seven days in advance of extreme heat conditions, along with recommended actions that can protect animals before and during a heat-stress event.

It is available at both Google Play and the Apple App Store.

In some cattle, distress and discomfort from prolonged exposure to extreme heat cause diminished appetite, reduced growth or weight gain, greater susceptibility to disease and, in some cases, even death. Cattle housed in confined feedlot pens are especially vulnerable to heat-stress events.

In addition to high temperatures, weather-related factors like humidity, wind speed, and solar radiation can contribute to heat stress.

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