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Guelph University Launches Heat Stress App

12 August 2013, at 1:08am

CANADA - A free App for measuring heat stress in livestock and poultry has been developed by the University of Guelph.

The 'Heat Stress in Livestock and Poultry' App allows producers to calculate heat stress based on the measured barn temperature and relative humidity.

The resulting calculation shows the level of heat stress experienced by the livestock or poultry. It provides the user with suggestions to reduce heat stress and improve animal and poultry comfort to help maintain feed intake and overall productivity.

The mobile App integrates research and production information from OMAF and RA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs) publications and University of Guelph research on livestock housing. In addition to English, the App supports French and Spanish.

The app features:

  • three languages: English, French and Spanish
  • seven types of livestock
  • temperature changes in two-degree increments (metric/imperial)
  • humidity changes in five per cent increments (metric/imperial)
  • a variety of ventilation systems
  • heat stress levels ranging from 'No Heat Stress' to 'Emergency'
  • practical actions to take to reduce the effects of heat stress in livestock and poultry

Click here for the free downloads: Blackberry and Android.

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