1. Monitor Temperature to Prevent Cold Stress in Calves

    Monitor Temperature to Prevent Cold Stress in Calves

    As we head into the coldest months of the year, you might be concerned about the comfort and survival of your livestock. This is especially the case when it comes to calves. The USDA estimates that 95,000 calves die each year due to cold stress and hypothermia, which makes their survival challenging for calves born during the winter and early spring. The good news is that weather meters such as the AG Livestock DROP Environmental Monitoring Pack, can provide needed livestock level weather information for farmers to adapt the housing and feeding regimes for their calves in cold winter conditions to keep them safe.

  2. Tips for Measuring Temperature Inversions

    Tips for Measuring Temperature Inversions

    Farmers and ranchers must manage many tasks and responsibilities to successfully maintain an agriculture operation. One of the most challenging aspects to plan for and manage is the impact of ever- changing and unpredictable weather.

  3. Tighter Restrictions for Dicamba Applicators

    Tighter Restrictions for Dicamba Applicators

    Farmers put themselves and their operations at risk every time they spray a field without first measuring and then documenting the conditions. As regulations surrounding drift management get tighter and widespread attention continues to increase, it's important to protect your interests, profits, and the community around you by monitoring for safe and effective spraying conditions. Record keeping has never been more important with the new tighter restrictions for applying crop protection products, particularly dicamba.

  4. Record Keeping Critical for New Spraying Standards

    Record Keeping Critical for New Spraying Standards

    Dr. Bob Wolf, Professor at Kansas State University, Wolf Consulting and Research, LLC, talks about the importance of identifying and recording onsite weather conditions before crop spraying applications.

  5. Preventing Spray Drift

    Dicamba has been in the headlines frequently due to the large-scale incidents of drift damage from illegal or improper application of the chemical in farming operations. The on-site weather at time of application has a significant impact on the risk of drift and should be incorporated into planning spray activities to avoid the potential risk and costly waste of spray drift.

  6. Agricultural Environmental Monitoring

    The Kestrel Agriculture line gives you reliable, site-specific weather data you can count on to make critical management decisions to increase yield, reduce losses, and boost profit.

  7. A Better Way to Manage Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle

    A Better Way to Manage Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle

    Heat stress is expensive. It can have a serious impact on cattle breeding efficiency, milk production, and feed intake. Keeping your cows safe and productive costs you time, effort, and money. Exactly how much does heat stress cost you in dollars and cents? Consider that dairy cattle operations can expect to lose about 10% to 35% of an animal’s current milk production during heat intense periods. Applying that reduced production rate to a herd of 500 cows can result in losses of $800-$2800 per day.*

  8. Cattle Heat Stress Measurements

    Cattle Heat Stress Measurements

    When it comes to heat stress in cattle, Dr. Dan Thompson, KSUCVM Professor of Production Medicine, says, "It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when."

    With warmer temperatures on the way, producers should be prepared to take action to protect their herd and profits from the effects of heat stress. Check out this clip of DocTalk to hear about the combination of factors that contribute to dangerous levels of heat stress.

  9. Kestrel Discusses Cattle Heat Stress at Penn Vet’s Food Animal Club Lunch And Learn Series

    Kestrel Discusses Cattle Heat Stress at Penn Vet’s Food Animal Club Lunch And Learn Series

    Kestrel Weather Instruments recently participated in the Food Animal Club speaker series at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) with an audience made up of veterinary students and faculty members. Shanna Kipnis, Kestrel Agriculture Business Development Manager, discussed the importance of monitoring cattle feedlot conditions in order to better manage the impact of heat stress events and minimize the damaging losses to the herd and the producers’ bottom line. Kipnis specifically addressed AHLU - the most complete cattle heat stress model that takes into account the accumulated heat load during prolonged periods of heat exposure.


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