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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: MANAGERIAL AND NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY OF HEAVY BROILER CHICKENS

Location: Poultry Research

Title: Get the most out of your cooling system

Author
item Purswell, Joseph

Submitted to: Emerging Trends: A newsletter of the Mississippi Poultry Association
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: May 30, 2011
Publication Date: June 15, 2011
Citation: Purswell, J.L. 2011. Get the most out of your cooling system. Emerging Trends: A newsletter of the Mississippi Poultry Association. 2011(2):14-15.

Interpretive Summary: Warm weather poses management challenges to maintain production efficiency in broiler chickens. Proper maintenance and operation of ventilation and cooling system components is essential to maintain the proper thermal environment and efficient use of energy. Fan and evaporative cooling system cleanliness is paramount to ensuring maximum airflow through the building. Fan belts should be replaced yearly to obtain fan speeds specified by the manufacturer; worn fan belts can result in a loss of air speed of 10%. Evaporative cooling pumps should provide at least 0.75 gpm per linear foot of evaporative cooling pad material.

Technical Abstract: Warm weather poses management challenges to maintain production efficiency in broiler chickens. Proper maintenance and operation of ventilation and cooling system components is essential to maintain the proper thermal environment and efficient use of energy. Fan and evaporative cooling system cleanliness is paramount to ensuring maximum airflow through the building. Fan belts should be replaced yearly to obtain fan speeds specified by the manufacturer; worn fan belts can result in a loss of air speed of 10%. Evaporative cooling pumps should provide at least 0.75 gpm per linear foot of evaporative cooling pad material.

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