Thermal environmental conditions in four curtain-sided naturally ventilated freestall barns in Minnesota

V. Nangia, K. A. Janni, J. D. Martens

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Abstract

Curtain-sided naturally ventilated freestall dairy barns are used widely in Minnesota. Temperature and relative humidity levels were measured using data loggers in four naturally ventilated freestall dairy barns with split curtains. All of the barns had either insulated roofs or insulated ceilings. Six months of data are presented in this paper. Monthly average outside temperatures were warmer than historical averages for five of the six months. Week and hour long averages were evaluated. Hourly average temperatures between interior freestalls were usually within 2.5 C of each other. Vertically, between cow level and near the ceiling, hourly average temperature differences usually varied between -1.5 and 2.5 C. Weekly average temperature differences between inside and outside ranged from 6 and 20 C when average weekly outside temperatures were below freezing. Three out of four barns had average weekly inside temperatures within 1 C of outside averages during warm weather.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages4661-4679
Number of pages19
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Event2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers: Engineering Solutions for a New Century - Milwaukee, WI., United States
Duration: Jul 9 2000Jul 12 2000

Other

Other2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers: Engineering Solutions for a New Century
CountryUnited States
CityMilwaukee, WI.
Period7/9/007/12/00

Keywords

  • Animal environment
  • Dairy housing
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Natural ventilation

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