Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Comparison of ambient temperature, relative humidity, and temperature-humidity index between on-farm measurements and official meteorological data (2013)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Schüller, Laura-Kim (WE 19)
    Burfeind, Onno (WE 19)
    Heuwieser, Wolfgang (WE 19)
    Journal of Dairy Science; 96(12) — S. 6347–6354
    ISSN: 0022-0302
    URL (Volltext): http://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000022579
    DOI: 10.3168/jds.2013-6736
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    The objectives of the study were to compare the climate conditions of 7 dairy farms with the climate recorded at the closest official meteorological station. Specifically, we set out to compare the ambient temperature, relative humidity, and the resulting temperature-humidity index (THI) from 7 different barns with those data obtained from the closest official meteorological stations and to compare the climate conditions between 4 different locations within 1 barn. Measures of correlation and agreement demonstrated that climate conditions differ significantly between the barn and the corresponding official meteorological stations as well as between 4 different locations inside 1 barn. The ambient temperature was higher (6.4 ± 3.6°C) in the barn than at the official meteorological station. The relative humidity was higher at the official meteorological station (0.2 ± 7.2%) than in the barn. The THI was higher (11.1 ± 6.5) in the barn than at the official meteorological station. Days with an average THI ≥ 72 were 64 and 4 out of 756 experimental d in the barn and at the official meteorological station, respectively. Also, in a comparison of 7 different barns, ambient temperature and THI were significantly higher than at the closest corresponding official meteorological station. These results indicate that climate conditions should be obtained from on-farm measurements to evaluate potential heat stress and to develop effective measures to abate heat stress of dairy cows.