Animals perform better in a good climate. A good environment is more than just the right ambient temperature and relative humidity. Over-high carbon dioxide and ammonia concentrations are harmful for animals and humans - and ammonia can even cause harm above a concentration of 20ppm. Particularly in cold periods, many farmers resort to reducing ventilation levels in the house in order to keep the heat in the building. However, reducing the ventilation too drastically can quickly cause the ammonia concentration to rise.
Health and production
Too much ammonia in the air can impact on human and animal health. For instance, an ammonia concentration above 20 ppm has been shown to increase the susceptibility of poultry to virus infections. In addition, ammonia negatively affects the resistance to the viruses. In layers, there are negative consequences for production in terms of egg quantity and quality. Concentrations above 50 ppm lead to problems with feed intake so that after a few weeks production, egg weight and egg mass will decline.
Pigs have a very sensitive snout and relatively small lungs, and are extremely sensitive to poor air quality. A high ammonia concentration, combined with high levels of fine particles, moisture and draught, can cause serious respiratory disorders. Lengthy coughing and difficulty in breathing also has consequences for animal welfare.
Reliable ammonia sensor
It is therefore vital to continually monitor the ammonia concentration in the house. Fancom offers a stable ammonia sensor for use in poultry and pig houses. The huge advantage of this sensor is its multi-year reliable functioning without the need for calibration. The sensor is easily linked to Fancom climate control computers that have an input and read out for ammonia concentrations in the house air. Using the data from this sensor, the climate controller automatically regulates ventilation to create a healthy climate for animals and humans in the house. The investment in this sensor is soon earned back in the form of healthier animals and enhanced growth performance.