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 have a negative 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. Ammonia has therefore a huge impact on the welfare of pigs. However, Fancom's ammonia sensor can be of great use to prevent these problems.
Combining a climate controller with an ammonia sensor
The climate controllers of Fancom are perfect for keeping the climate within your pig or poultry house at the best possible condition. It does so by measuring data that indicate what is needed for the pigs or poultry to stay healthy. Combining the climate controller with an ammonia sensor can be of great value to all keepers of livestock, because it automatically adjusts the ventilation without further interference. This a good example of what Smart Farming has to offer for the industry.
Considerable improvements to your farm
At Fancom, we have numerous systems with different functions that all have the same goal: improving the processes of poultry and pig producers. We have helped a lot of farmers all over the world, and with great success. To get an idea of how we help our customers, watch the video below to discover how Fancom helped a poultry farmer in the United Kingdom.
Interested in our smart farming solutions?
We hope it's clear to you how combining our climate controller with an ammonia sensor can improve the conditions of your livestock house. For more information on our smart farming solutions or if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us! We are happy to help you.