11/23/2020

3 Tips for Preparing for Winter Ventilation

“Weather” we like it or not, winter is coming. Every year, cold weather brings a substantial challenge for dairy farmers. No matter your farm set up, it’s imperative that you maintain adequate ventilation, while also limiting drafts and keeping a comfortable environment for peak production and ease.

 

We’ve put together our top 3 tips for making winter ventilation work for you and your herd.

 

  • Optimize Your Air Infiltration Rate

Mature dairy cows operate almost like small furnaces. They continuously create heat to keep themselves warm. The problem is, they also produce humidity and ammonia with that heat. This can wreak havoc in your barn, from visible steam in the air to the creation of ice buildup, and more. With too little air infiltration, you’ll quickly notice these issues. On the other hand, with too much air infiltration, you’ll lose heat. Instead, find the balance between the two for energy savings and improved productivity.

 

  • Inspect Your Barn

Thoroughly inspecting your barn, along with the equipment and controllers within it, can help you lower your costs, while still maintaining a comfortable environment within it. Accurate readings on thermostats are especially important. Complete any necessary updates or repairs early in the season to experience the most savings.

 

  • Choose the Right Equipment for You

Your farm is unique. Choose equipment that works for you, minimizing stress and costs. The right ventilation equipment will maximize air exchange while still maintaining a comfortable environment for high productivity. Opt for long-lasting, durable, and high-quality equipment from a dealer that you trust. Don’t forget to consider maintenance of the equipment you choose.

 

The steps toward proper winter ventilation can sometimes feel tedious, or even overwhelming. But even small changes can have a huge impact on your bottom line. Not sure where to start? We’re here to help if you have any questions.