MANHATTAN, Kan. – Heat is a particularly nasty foe when it comes to raising cattle, but a new phone app has been developed to manage heat stress in cattle. Business owners and entrepreneurs interested in the phone app are invited to participate in a free webinar, “Thermal Aid: Managing Heat Stress in Cattle” on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. (CST)/3 p.m. (EST).

Thermal Aid is a smart phone app that combines information on both weather and/or respiration rate of livestock that allow producers to make crucial decisions regarding environmental stress and animal welfare. The app is also a learning device that attracts and stimulates student interest in climate and environmental stress related to themselves and their production animals.

Don Spiers, professor of environmental physiology at the University of Missouri will present the first webinar. To register and get information about accessing the webinar, visit the registration page.

The webinar is the first of four planned by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development that will focus on land grant university-developed technology that may be relevant to business operations or anyone interested in the particular topics.  Other webinars planned include: Working with Distilled Spirits; Farm-Based Bio-Controlled Seed Treatments for Improving Soybean Yields; and Biodiesel Production and Wastewater Recapture from Swine Waste.

Kansas State University is one of 12 land-grant universities that make up the north central region.

More information regarding the NCRCRD or the webinar series is available online or by contacting John Mann or 517-432-4408.