Frost on the windshield serves not only as a reminder that colder days are not far off, but that it’s time to prepare livestock buildings for winter. It’s important to bring back thoughts of cold weather ventilation. There are three major challenges associated with cold-weather ventilation; maintaining a healthy comfortable indoor environment, conserving energy, and keeping operating costs down.
Step 1: Check all the controllers.
Step 2: Check ceiling inlets
Step 3: Check your curtains
Step 4: All fans should be cleaned, and the belts checked.
Step 5: Heater maintenance
The pigs can be a valuable source of feedback to help identify ventilation issues, cold drafts in the sleeping area will cause your pigs to pile, are they dunging where they sleep? These and other signs will let you know you need to adjust your ventilation settings, the combination of inlets fan and static pressure need to be adjusted.
Don’t forget about the outside of your barns especially after a heavy snowfall, be sure you check for snow piling up in front of your fans and check your roofs, heavy snow loads can cause roofs to collapse.View News