ThermalAid a Tool to Detect Heat Stress in Livestock by University of Missouri (iPhone)
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Released: May 12, 2013
Version: 1.2
Size: 6 MB
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ThermalAid a Tool to Detect Heat Stress in Livestock

University of Missouri
This app is a decision-making tool for users to identify, monitor, and reduce heat stress in cattle to improve welfare and performance. In addition, it can be used as an educational device to increase student interest in climate and the environment.

The first screen of the app allows you to pull in weather data automatically (with a Wi-Fi or phone connection) or enter it manually. Next you can select attributes (dairy, beef, etc.) to see dynamic changes in the stress levels. This identifies the heat stress level of the entire animal group and provides tips on how to help your animals. Individual heat stress level can also be identified using respiration rate as an indicator. The “+” button allows you to take respiration rate readings based on the flank movement of the animal.

Once the animal is assigned a name or number, its information can be locally saved to a database (again based on specific attributes). After adding animal information, you will be able to view the records for all animals. The Tips tab will give you vital information for reducing heat stress in the different types of cattle at 4 stress levels.

This app is continually under development and it does not include every possible heat stress situation. The calculations performed by this app rely on the accuracy of the data provided by the user. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that these calculations accurately reflect all conditions.

Features
• Automated temperature and relative humidity entry based on location
• Access to future weather forecasts
• Manual entry available
•Temperature humidity index for selected animal groups and conditions
• Recommendations based on index stress level for animal group
• Determination of individual animal heat stress level using a built-in timer for calculation of respiration rate
• Data entry and log capability with accompanying feedback

Support For additional information on temperature stress, go to our website at http://thermalnet.missouri.edu. If you have any questions, suggestions, or experience any issues, you can contact us through this site.

What's new in version 1.2
- Bug Fixes
- OpenWeatherMap API calls are now limited to 60/minute.
- Current ambient temperature and THI (Temperature Humidity Index).
- 4 Day Forecast includes High/Low values for both ambient temperature and THI, calculated using predicted High/Low ambient temperatures and associated percent relative humidity at those times.
- The current day's THI is calculated using the present temperature.
- The forecasted THI is calculated using the predicted temperature high for that day.
Our verdict: Good
  • = ThermalAid a Tool to Detect Heat Stress in Livestock has average ratings (3-star).
  • + The app is currently free, instead of its regular price of $0.99.
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