New Mobile App Notifies Farmers When Cows Overheat
Earlier this summer we heard about a new app that will alert farmers when cows are suffering from heat stress, allowing the farmers to take preventative action before the cow falls into bad health. NPR has more on this story, including the question: will farmers actually use it?
Research assistant Brad Scharf shows a group of teenagers clad in jeans and cowboy boots how to measure a cow's respiration. The app is still being tested, and these members from the 4-H Club and the National FFA Organization, formerly the Future Farmers of America, are the testers.
The app is a calculator of sorts. It takes the breaths per minute along with information about the cow's breed, type, what it's eating and other basic information. Then, it crunches the data and tells you how the cow's feeling in this environment. Spiers says it's surprisingly simple.
"It will automatically pull in the air temperature and humidity so that the producers or student can look at this later to see how hot their animals were under these conditions," he explains.