Ventilation is not something that can be overlooked when it comes to fabrication and installation of livestock buildings. However, getting this right is not only critical for animal welfare, but also animal performance. Gone are the days of wooden farm sheds, which are renowned for caving in and being infested with wood-eating insects and pests.
Steel vs wooden livestock buildings
Investing in a steel frame livestock building is practically maintenance free, and with no internal columns taking up space inside the structure, you will also save space.
Steel buildings can also add value to farmland. If you go for a more traditional, wooden livestock building, this can actually be viewed as a burden to potential buyers. With a steel livestock building there is no need to worry about safety, as it won’t decay over time. It also adds practical and useful value to the property too.
Importance of ventilation
Cattle livestock buildings and equine buildings have to be fully ventilated, and there are standards which need to be met. If your livestock building has poor ventilation, you are putting your livestock at risk of respiratory diseases. The increased moisture levels can also lead to a higher chance of disease and bacteria spreading.
Good ventilation relies on sufficient air gaps in the ‘inlets’ and ‘outlets’. These can be found at the sides and the ridge of the roof of livestock buildings. Thought also needs to be taken to ensure that these areas don’t provide excess draught in the winter months.
Reduce heat stress
It is widely known that dairy cows need to maintain a constant body temperature of 38.8 degrees (give or take 0.5 degrees) in order to perform at their very best. They are sensitive to factors that affect their temperature, such as air humidity, and air temperature. When a cow becomes heat stressed, she will eat less feed and produce a significantly lower volume of milk. Ventilation of your livestock building is therefore extremely important to maintain high dairy standards.
The team at Timmins Engineering have vast agricultural knowledge, and understand the requirements of farmers. We can help ensure your new livestock building is positioned in the very best possible place to be protected from the elements. Contact one of our team today to find out more information.