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Hot Air Pipes Underneath The Concrete Floor Of Heifer Dry Cow Barn
We laid hot air pipes underneath the concrete floor of a new heifer-dry cow barn we built in 1989. We used plastic sewer pipe to carry warm air from the milker pump exhaust to the floor of the dry cow barn. It keeps the floor under the alleyway and maternity pens thawed in cold weather. The cows are not locked in the barn - they're free to come in to eat and drink and then go back outside if they wish.
In the maternity section of the barn we laid flexible black plastic water pipe, coiled in a circle, under the concrete and connected it to a hot water heater. It's only for use when we need extra heat.
This was an inexpensive way to heat the barn for new calves and also to keep manure from freezing on the alley. (Donald & Mary Ann Hecht, 1004 19th Ave., Rt. 1, Cumberland, Wis. 54829 ph 715 822-8701)

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #1