“Environdata’s current generation of Feedlot weather stations are tougher, more accurate, more reliable, and better at surviving Feedlot conditions than any other weather station on the market.”
- Robust, Reliable & durable
- Easy to install, easy to use
- HLI & AHLU built in
- Accurate sensors not prone to drift
- Industrial & Commercial grade
- Designed specifically for weather recording
- Australian Designed, Owned and Made
- Local Support and Backup, we are the manufacturer
- Installation and Servicing saves you time and hassle
- Current readings, 10 minute, hourly and daily weather data
- Over 12 months data storage typical.
- Upgrades from older systems a speciality
Monitoring the weather in your intensive livestock operation with an Environdata weather station, can save you money, boost profits and increase productivity.
Environdata offers a total weather monitoring and service package specifically designed for Feedlots, to help you to boost profits and minimise your time and effort. Intensive animal production industries such as Feedlots are significantly affected by the weather. We can help you to manage the impact of your weather by:
- Monitoring HLI & AHLU.
- Meeting your Feedlot Accreditation requirements for weather monitoring.
- Increasing productivity by optimising feed intake.
- Automate sending your weather data to Katestone.
- Telemetry to your office OR
- Access your data from our Web Portal from any Web Browser – Secure Login Access plus SMS and Email Alerts.
- Tracking dust and odour from your site.
- Maintaining accurate records to help with legal or duty of care issues.
- Installations, refurbishment, upgrades, and on site servicing are a speciality.
Environdata has been developing and manufacturing weather stations and weather sensors customised for Australia’s tough conditions since 1982. We have been supplying weather stations to Lot Feeders for over 20 years, with continual development based on your feedback. We have recently introduced new weather stations, that are even tougher, more reliable, more accurate and at the lowest prices we have ever been able to offer. Don’t worry, they are still the only true Australian Made Weather Station you can buy!
MLA Feedlot Weather Stations Report
In the MLA Feedlot Weather Stations report (December 2013), we believe there was a few misconceptions, so here are a few things we want you to know:
- Amongst those rated in the top 3 solutions, we were the only company that had delivered weather stations to a Feedlot at the time of the review.
- Of all the systems rated, we are the only company that offers a full installation and maintenance service.
- Of all the systems rated, we are the only company that states a 20+ year life for the system.
- Of all the solutions on offer, we are the only company that has extensive experience in the lot feeding industry.
- Of all the systems on offer, our weather stations are the only ones manufactured in Australia for Australian conditions.
- Our prices are considerably lower than those quoted in the report, Other suppliers import most of their products – how are their prices stacking up today?
- We are dedicated to serving this industry and will be working to keep you supported well into the future, will the others?
- If you are considering other suppliers, ask them when the last time they visited a Feedlot was? How many weather stations do they have working in Feedlots, and for how long? What referees can they give you? If you want a solution that you can rely on, then we have a Feedlot weather station for your specific needs!
Heat Stress Weather Stations
- Full size 6″ Copper Globe for Black Globe Temperature
- 3 Cup Anemometer with stainless steel bearings – built strong to resist all sorts of birds
- Relative humidity sensor with field replaceable tip
Environdata’s WeatherMate 3000, WeatherMaster 3000 and Weather Maestro weather stations can all calculate HLI and AHLU. Each system uses the heat stress algorithms exactly as published by Katestone Environmental, as proscribed by the MLA. We set the AHLU to use the upper and lower limits for heat accumulation you have for your Feedlot.
More than Heat Stress
Environdata’s feedlot weather stations are exceptional at monitoring your feedlot for heat stress. However your feedlot may have additional weather monitoring requirements.
Of course, Rainfall is required as part of your feedlot accreditation, so why not add a tipping bucket rain gauge to your weather station to automate your rainfall data collection?
Dust or Odour Drift
If you need to monitor dust or odour drift, then our wind direction sensor and air movement firmware are a worthwhile upgrade. You might even need to use our 10 metre mast to mount the wind sensors to meet Australian Standards.
Whatever your additional weather monitoring needs, perhaps soil moisture or ETo for a cropping operation, we will be happy to help build a solution to meet them.
- Direct cable
- UHF Links
- Next G Modems
- Satellite Modems
- Whatever your requirements, we can provide a method for getting your data onto your network and in front of the staff you need to see it.
We have worked with Katestone many times to achieve data connection from our Feedlot weather stations into their databases. This enables your Feedlot to have forecasts and nutrition advice tailored to your site specific weather conditions.
Environdata’s WeatherMation Live service takes all the headache out of managing your data collection, storage and distribution. Environdata manages data collection, storage and distribution for you, and collects the data every minute, storing it securely in our servers.
You can connect several weather stations, from many different locations to the one Portal, or just use one, with the option of many users with secure login access to your weather data from any web browser.
The WeatherMation LIVE portal shows you current conditions, recent trends and historical data all able to be downloaded with a single click. For those who need to make sure there staff know of a heat event, or rain event, then our optional SMS and E-mail alerts with comprehensive do not contact times makes it easier than ever to get the weather data you need in front of your staff, when they need it!
1) Basic System: WeatherMate
The basic WeatherMate Feedlot weather station includes wind speed, relative humidity and black globe temperature sensors. Also includes the mounting hardware, solar power, weatherproof housing, pre-wiring, programming, HLI and AHLU.
Most suited to a direct cable connection to a nearby office, this system provides an entry level high quality robust system.
2) Full System: Weather Maestro
The Weather Maestro system includes a bigger data logger for more sensors, and the ability to incorporate Next G, UHF or Satellite telemetry.
Most suited when expansion is important and remote communications is required.
3) Compact System: WeatherMaster 3000F
The WeatherMaster Feedlot station (WM30F) provides a simple and compact method of Feedlot weather monitoring, adding Wind Direction, Rainfall and Air Temperature sensors to the HLI / AHLU requirement of Wind Speed, Black Globe Temperature and Relative Humidity sensors. Built in AHLU and HLI with telemetry options able to be simply bolted on if needed.
Custom calculations can be added to your weather station to provide ‘virtual’ sensors to help monitor your micro-climate, and specifically for monitoring heat load. These calculations include:
- HLI: Heat Load Index
- AHLU: Accumulated Heat Load Units
- Evaporation: Current evaporation rate, and total evaporation for the day.
Heat Load Index (HLI) and Accumulated Heat Load Units (AHLU) – are extremely important measures of animal comfort. As the animals start to experience even mild heat stress their feed uptake drops, weight gain slows, fertility rates drop, and in dairy cows the milk production also drops. As the heat stress worsens the animals can die. By monitoring the heat stress conditions on site with your own weather station, you have the ability to implement management plans to avoid the worst effects of heat stress. Even one heat event managed correctly can pay for the cost of the weather station. In times when heat stress isn’t an issue you can use the information to link animal comfort to feed consumption & live-weight gain
The evaporation rate is a measure of loss of surface moisture within the pen, also affecting in-pen humidity readings and thus, cattle comfort. It is also useful in irrigation scheduling.
An Environdata weather station can also provide you with wind vector movement and sigma theta analysis (an analysis of wind trajectories – where has the air blowing over your Lot gone?) to monitor airborne odour or dust movement for EPA and legal requirements.
Selecting Environdata as your Feedlot Weather Station provider gives you access to:
- Professional selection and siting of appropriate monitoring equipment to fulfill your information requirements.
- Annual or on-demand on-site servicing throughout most of Australia
- Ethical business dealings and client confidentiality
- Long term commitment to your industry
- Equipment installation – a “no hassles” approach, ensuring siting is appropriate and meets Australian standards if required.
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