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B.FLT.0386B - Cattle heat load toolbox upgrade

Heat stress in feedlot cattle can have a deleterious effect on cattle performance and in extreme cases lead to cattle death. The National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme requires that feedlots have a heat stress management plan in place to cope with weather events that can lead to excessive heat loads.

The Cattle Heat Load Toolbox (CHLT) has been developed to alert feedlot operators of impending adverse weather conditions that could lead to excessive heat load in feedlot cattle. The toolbox is web based and provides access to weather and heat load forecasts out one week, plus heat load risk assessment programs. Feedlot operators can subscribe to the service free of charge and request a site-specific forecast for their feedlot. Subscribers can also define risk alert levels suitable to their management plan and cattle condition. Alerts are then sent by email and SMS to designated recipients (e.g. site managers, veterinarians). Under severe heat load conditions Katestone will issue a written heat load advisory detailing the location, cause and likely duration of a heat load event. The advisory is emailed to all subscribers and posted on the toolbox web site.

New features have been added to the CHLT site for the 2013/14 summer including:

  • New home page and help for easier navigation
  • Updated graphics for public site forecasts  
  • New features for registered users including new My Site summary page providing all critical information on one page for quick decision making, online access to manage account such as setting alerts, adding more users, updating e-mail and phone numbers.
  • Integration of AWS data from registered users into the forecasting system


Title Size Date published
2.9MB 22/11/2013


Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
Weather stations for feedlots
15/09/2013 30/11/2013

This page was last updated on 05/07/2018

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