Earlier this year, PorkNetwork reported on a heat-stress app that was developed at the University of Guelph.

Even though it’s been an unusually cool summer thus far in the Midwest, there are bound to be some hot, humid days to come.

To help livestock and poultry cope with summer conditions, the “Heat Stress in Livestock and Poultry App” has been developed to allows users to calculate heat stress based on measured barn temperature and relative humidity. It then offers suggestions to reduce heat stress and improve comfort.

The app is a free download. It uses two-degree temperature increments and five-degree humidity changes (both in metric and English measurements), includes a variety of ventilation systems and offers practical actions to reduce heat stress.

It is available from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph. It works in English, French and Spanish for seven types of livestock.

To find out how it works, go to the downloadable information page: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.uoguelph.cmer.heatstress