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Information on managing mechanical ventilation systems in swine barns, monitoring ammonia levels and biosecurity best practices. Tips on barn lighting and raising small groups of pigs.

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Resources for Ventilation of Livestock Housing
Resources for Ventilation of Livestock Housing - Articles Articles

Resources for Ventilation of Livestock Housing

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Information on Ventilation systems available at Penn State More
Biosecurity Signs
Biosecurity Signs - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Signs

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Louise Byler

Examples of biosecurity signs that can be posted at animal farms/facilities to reduce the risk of importing/transmitting disease. More
Examples of pull tube with pump for gas concentration detection.
Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments - Articles Articles

Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article describes simple relatively-inexpensive instruments for detecting ammonia gas concentration in animal housing to assure proper air quality. More
Psychrometric Chart Use
Psychrometric Chart Use - Articles Articles

Psychrometric Chart Use

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

A psychrometric chart presents properties of air in a graphical format useful for troubleshooting greenhouse or livestock building environmental problems. More
Although an instrument that provides velocity reading, shown here, is highly useful, a simple small streamer can also help troubleshoot.
Make Your Own Ceiling Inlet Air Speed Monitors - Articles Articles

Make Your Own Ceiling Inlet Air Speed Monitors

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Ventilation inlet air speed monitors described here are a cheap and easy way to assess proper ventilation in livestock buildings. More
Self-Adjusting Baffle Inlet to Improve Air Distribution
Self-Adjusting Baffle Inlet to Improve Air Distribution - Articles Articles

Self-Adjusting Baffle Inlet to Improve Air Distribution

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D., Dan McFarland

This article explains how to improve ventilation in animal buildings through a self-adjusting baffle inlet. More
Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns
Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns - Articles Articles

Ventilating Greenhouse Livestock Barns

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Effective natural ventilation of a greenhouse barn uses properly positioned openings with unobstructed air flow inside the building. More
Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans
Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans - Articles Articles

Selecting Rated Ventilation Fans

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article explains how to select an agricultural ventilation fan for the conditions under which it will be operating in a livestock or greenhouse setting. More
Organic poultry house with sidewall eave and ceiling inlets.
Inlets for Mechanical Ventilation Systems in Animal Housing - Articles Articles
Properly designed and functioning ventilation inlet openings are key for achieving comfortable, fresh air conditions in farm animal housing. More
Swine
Swine Production - Articles Articles

Swine Production

Lynn Kime, Robert E. Mikesell, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

While the trend in the swine industry continues towards larger farms, opportunities remain to make money by raising hogs in a part-time enterprise. More
Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting
Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting - Articles Articles

Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E., John Tyson

We'll discuss some of the more common problems you can avoid without too much trouble. More
Inlets Essential to Tunnel Ventilation Success Inlets Essential to Tunnel Ventilation Success - Articles
Properly sized inlets – located to supply uniform distribution throughout the animal space – are essential to provide a more comfortable space for cows and poultry. More