Kite Feedlot Team
November 27, 2023
Tips for the Summer
With the peak storm period on us, it is good to reassess the issues with wet pens.
Humidity in the pens can be significantly higher than outside the pens, so your weather station may not indicate the true heat load exposure of your animals, nor will the forecast.
We have been told many times by feedlot managers that “Humidity kills cattle”, so it’s important to understand how to manage this situation!
Some sites use 15 mm of rain as a trigger to drop the HLI threshold to account for the difference in humidity in the pens and their weather station (or forecast). Therefore if you normally assess your risk by looking at the AHLU86 you may want to assess AHLU83 or even AHLU80 depending on how wet your pens are (and how much manure they are carrying).
You can assess what AHLU you should be looking at by either looking at a wet pen scenario when doing your risk assessment (see image below) or by using the HLI threshold calculator (click on the blue HLI button in the top right-hand corner of the Cattel Heat Risk Dashboard). The wet pen situation will reduce your HLI threshold by 8 units.
Have You Been Paying Attention To What Your Animals Are Telling You? The importance of cattle observations.
As the riskier month of the warm season approaches, another important factor to consider when managing your cattle heat load is cattle observations. Read more.
The team at Katestone is very happy to announce that we reached another milestone today: the release of the Kite Feedlot Mobile App! Find out how you can access it.
The weather forecast is used in the calculation of both the HLI and AHLU for every site. But how important is it that the calculations use an hourly forecast in comparison to a daily forecast?