Dairy Forecast Service

KatestoneWeather Intelligence provides the Australian dairy industry with an early warning service for potential heat stress conditions. The forecast service runs 24/7 during the hot season (from 1st-October to 31st-March) every year, but you can register your farm at any time!

What does this website contain?

Public website:

Only for selected big towns:

  • Hourly forecast up to 7 days of the THI and the key weather parameters that are associated with heat stress in Dairy cows.
  • A daily summary of THI (max and min)

Once you log in:

For your specific site in addition to the public sites of your interest:

  • Hourly forecast up to 7 days of the THI and the key weather parameters that are associated with heat stress in Dairy cows.
  • A daily summary of THI (max and min)
  • Account management: if you are the administrator of the farm, you can add any users associated with your farm. Then, the users can set up their own alerts, and add public sites to their accounts.

Why register?

Registration is FREE! It only takes a minute. By registering your dairy farm…:

  • You and the users associated with your site will have access to an hourly 7-day forecast of the THI and weather variables specific to your location. Note that some meteorological parameters that influence the THI can vary significantly over relatively short distances.
  • You can manage how you receive alerts: email, SMS, alert level, etc.
  • You can access your forecast and who receives alerts

Who can register?

  • Dairy farmers: As high temperatures can impact herd health and farm productivity, keeping your herd’s core temperature within range will minimise these impacts.
  • Research students in this field: please contact us and tell us more about your interest.

    More information on “Why register?” here.

    Where does the weather forecast come from?

    The forecasts provided for registered users are for your farm, not the closest BOM weather station or town. All forecasts are derived from the  Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD), which contains the official BOM weather forecast elements produced from multiple models and they are controlled by the BOM’s operational meteorologists.

     

    As always, we are here to help! So, please, feel free to drop us a line if you any questions.

    Kind Regards,

    Katestone – Weather Intelligence Team
    Ph: 07 3369 3699
    Email: dairy@katestone.com.au