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connec t ion Oklahoma Mesonet Honored cattle comfort maps, provided in the Mesonet Agriculture section, are designed to help producers identify current and future periods of stress. The maps indicate two levels of heat stress, two levels of cold stress and a range of no stress. “Knowing which weather variables have the most impact helps farmers and ranchers determine how new infrastructure dollars should be spent to have the most impact on cattle health and gain,” said Al Sutherland, Oklahoma Mesonet’s Agricultural Coordinator. The Cattle Comfort Advisor includes a variety of display products to provide information for ranchers and cattle industry professionals, including: current and yesterday maps, forecast high and low maps, 10-day and 3-day forecast graph and table, 45-day graph and table, and high and low current and last year graph. To find out more, visit the Learn More tab of the Mesonet’s Agriculture section. Volume 4 — Issue 5 — May 2013 www.mesonet.org “THERE WAS THE SHOPPING CART and the parking meter, of course. But Oklahomans have demonstrated a knack for innovation that has given us such diverse products as the yield sign, the pressurized flight suit, the compact trencher known as the Ditch Witch, and crystalline polypropylene.” The Journal Record’s Innovator of the Year program introduction set the tone for an evening of celebration last month. They recognize Oklahomans each spring who design innovative products and services. The Mesonet was recognized this year for their Cattle Comfort Advisor, designed by Mesonet staff along with OSU experts Chris Richards, David Lalman, Bob LeValley and Greg Highfill. Oklahoma’s extreme weather can have a dramatic impact on livestock. Extreme conditions can alter feed intake, reduce daily weight gain, and impact animal health. The –by Stephanie Bowen The Mesonet collaborated with OSU animal scientists to create the Cattle Comfort Advisor. The model indicates heat and cold stress on cattle using weather variables. Inset: Albert Sutherland accepting the Innovator of the Year award on behalf of the Mesonet from Kenneth Knoll (left), Director of Advisory Services for i2E, and Mary Mélon, President and Publisher of The Journal Record. Photo courtesty of The Journal Record.
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|Title||Mesonet connection, 05/2013, v.4 no.5|
Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
|Purpose||Oklahoma Mesonet Honored by Stephanie Bowen; Mesonet in Pictures: Cattle Comfort Statewide Maps; Radar depiciting Gust Front; Steering Committee Member Q&A: David Stensrud; Drought Relief Accompanies Cold Weather During April by Gary McManus|
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