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State-Of-The-Art Vent System For Livestock Barns
Arntjen North America says it’s just as important to exhaust stale air from a dairy barn, as it is to create a supply of fresh air. The German manufacturer of dairy barn equipment sold around the world says an efficient venting system ensures that water vapor, germs, ammonium, CO2 and other harmful gasses are continually removed from a dairy barn.
  “Only a barn that’s free of harmful germs and gasses with proper lighting and a good water supply will allow cows to perform their best,” says Glen Garner, the North American representative for Arntjen. “Our patented lighting and ventilation ridges along with side wall curtains create a perfect barn climate.”
  The size of the vents installed is based on the number of cows in the barn and the size of the structure. Vent systems can also be installed in barns used for other animals. Garner says they just installed a 10-ft. wide vent system in a large U.S. dairy. Smaller sizes would be used on smaller barns.
  The design allows natural light to shine through UV protected polycarbonate panels and air to flow through automated side vents. In extreme cold conditions, the vents would be closed. The 1/2-in. thick top panels are corrugated, have an R value of 6.4 and are extremely durable. Garner says the high R value results in less condensation on the underside of panels. The panels are mounted the full length of the roof on sturdy aluminum frames with stainless steel hardware.
  “The ridge can be mounted on any roof pitch and will out-ventilate open ridges or chimneys by a large margin,” says Garner. “There are no down drafts and there are continuous openings for the length of the barn.” The size installed depends on the size and style of the barn and how it’s used.
  The light and ventilating ridge works best when installed with an Arntjen curtain wall ventilation system Garner says. “We just introduced a new dual curtain system that allows a full side wall opening up to 14 ft. high,” says Garner. “The rolling mechanism retracts the curtain from the top to the bottom, allowing cool air to enter at the top, which is better for the animals.”
  The company also manufactures stainless steel tip troughs for free stall and loose housing. Garner says the troughs have automatic frost-free valves with excellent flow from a 1-in. ball float. “This is an ideal trough because it stays frost free without electricity,” Garner says. “It’s easy for one person to clean because it just pivots on a center mounting on both ends and water spills out.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Glen Garner, Arntjen North America (ph 519 462-2887; toll free 866 276-8536; arntjen@agronoma.com; www.arntjen.com).

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