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Using Weather Stations in Nebraska Livestock Operations
Enforcement of environmental regulations placed on feedlots in Nebraska by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have lead to an increased need for accurate documentation of weather variables. In addition to the need to monitor weather conditions for compliance, an accurate representation of current weather conditions within the microclimate of the livestock operation allow for proactive responses to periods of potential environmental stress periods (i.e. heat and cold stress). Currently, most producers use manual documentation of rainfall events, local weather forecasts and some degree of intuition to monitor weather conditions. Weather station technology exists to allow livestock producers to monitor on-site weather conditions and automatically document these for future reference.