Ventilation In Horse Barns

Ventilation systems can be simple or they can be complex. But the important thing is that there is ventilation.
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Ventilation is essential especially in colder weather. I will never forget listening to my large animal medicine instructor at Cornell, Dr Fox, tell the story about visiting a cow barn in the middle of winter in upstate New York. It was about zero degrees F outside. The farmer was angry because many of his cows were sick and milk production was down. He was taking his anger and frustration out on the vet.

Rather than yell back at the dairyman who apparently had not listened to any sensible advice that had been given, Dr Fox found a large hard stick and went down the side of the barn and broke every window. “There,” he said to the dairyman! “Now you have ventilation and you cows won’t be sick anymore.”

Do I need to do the same at your barn??

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