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Animal Temperature


Sheep, cattle, and other livestock have techniques to protect themselves against changes in temperature. Most animals have a hide or fleece to provide warmth and protection against cold and wet conditions. In summer animals sweat to increase heat loss through evaporation and may seek out natural shade sources such as trees or stay close to water.

Animal producers and owners also have many ways of managing animals to provide proper care and shelter. Barns and shelters can protect animals from cold, rain, and snow in the winter. Barns can also provide shade in hot summer months. Sometimes, animal producers will use misting systems to help cool animals.

Sheep producers are able to shear their animals to help regulate body temperature. Does it make sense to shear a sheep right before winter? In this activity you will explore the effect of insulation on maintaining body temperature.


In this experiment, you will

  • Analyze temperature changes over time.
  • Simulate winter conditions on sheared and non-sheared “sheep.”
  • Consider how environmental factors influence animal well-being.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Agricultural Science with Vernier

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Introduction to Data Collection
2Acids and Bases
3Diffusion through Membranes
4Conducting Solutions
6Respiration of Sugars by Yeast
7Reflection and Absorption of Light
8Soil pH
9Soil Salinity
10Soil Temperature
11Soil Moisture
12APhotosynthesis and Respiration (CO2)
12BPhotosynthesis and Respiration (O2)
12CPhotosynthesis and Respiration (CO2 and O2)
14ACell Respiration (CO2)
14BCell Respiration (O2)
14CCell Respiration (CO2 and O2)
15The Greenhouse Effect
16Energy in Food
17AEnzyme Action: Testing Catalase Activity
17BEnzyme Action: Testing Catalase Activity
18ALactase Action
18BLactase Action
19Oxygen Gas and Human Respiration
20Biochemical Oxygen Demand
21Animal Temperature
22Lemon "Juice"
23Ohm's Law
24Energy Content of Fuels
25Photovoltaic Cells
26Wind Power
27Watershed Testing
28Interdependence of Plants and Animals
29Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Experiment 21 from Agricultural Science with Vernier Lab Book

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