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WHY VENTILATION IS KEY TO LIVESTOCK HEALTH

Ventilation in cattle and other livestock housing has been making big news again lately.  Many of us will remember the big buzz around proper ventilation that started the rounds in 2012 and it is a topic that will always recycle itself to the top.  As it has made an appearance in agricultural publications again recently we thought we would recap on why it is such a vital issue, and how you can help achieve it.

No matter how clean you keep your animal housing bacteria and viruses happen, it is inevitable.  Animals get sick for a variety of reasons and you want to do your best to ensure they recover quickly and you are not looking at a farm wide outbreak of anything nasty.

Proper ventilation is key because it allows for a healthy airflow.  In order to keep the habitat health air must be allowed to circulate to get rid of stale air, and ensure that we are not building up moisture and heat that will exacerbate health conditions.  We know from leading vet experts that viruses that attack the respiratory system can only survive in fresh clean air for about 5 minutes, this figure increased up to 20 times in air that is 50% fresh, that is a scary increase, with a smoke solution. Care must be taken to identify areas that are prone to trapping stale air and recovery methods should be implement in those.

However, just to make things difficult, it is also known that young are most affected by air speed and draughts, so care must be taken to ensure we are providing a health environment that is not a wind tunnel!

Using a range of methods, with doors, windows, vents and even the choice of roofing materials used, it is entirely possible to create a near perfect environment, which in turn will yield healthier, virus resistant animals.  Obviously other husbandry tips can be deployed, vaccinate your stock, isolate and if needs be permanently remove infected animals, and ensure the bedding is try and the water fresh and clean.  Remember that combining mixed age stock, and overstocking also adds to the amount of disease you see, so try and house appropriately.

Our range of Eurosix fibre cement boards always have been designed with animal health in mind, our own personal background in agriculture and farming means we really do understand why the issue is so key.  Fibre cement designs such as ours allow moisture to wick away through the sheets and out into the atmosphere without compromising the protection from the elements, it is a one way process, moisture can escape out, but the weather cannot get back in.  Added to this we have a range of windows and ventilation systems to help you create the perfect livestock housing – do contact a member of our team if you have any questions and they will be able to help.