Keeping animals cool during those hot summer months on the farm when the sun is relentlessly beating down on your head requires a highly effective yet economic cooling system to avoid overheating. Such a system would also have to accommodate for your animals, who will assuredly be suffering from the heat, too. Yet, while a central air cooling system or evaporative cooling system may be ideal for home, finding a system that functions at your barn, stables, or outdoors areas without destroying your electric bill can be tricky.
Why Should You Keep Your Animals Cool?
Although animals may seem to have a high tolerance for heat, they are just as vulnerable to heat stroke and even death at high temperatures. For certain animals that provide produce, such as cows, keeping them cool can be a matter of product quality. For example, keeping cows cool is important for milk production; animals kept at high temperatures can impact taste and quality of milk.
For horses, heat can affect temperament; keep horses cool and hydrate
d to keep them in good spirits. An overheated horse is irritable, restless, and can be a danger.
Lastly, it is very important to keep your chickens cool, if you are running a poultry farm, since they are non-sweating animals. The heat can adversely affect the amount of eggs that chickens produce reducing it by 20% – 40% during the summer months. Along with these common farm animals, swine, rabbits, sheep, and goats as well as every other animal on your farm are at risk in the heat.
Shade, Water, and Cooling Systems for Animals
Animals kept during extreme temperatures should have access to shade and cool water throughout the day. Concrete troughs are great for keeping water cool. Although large trees make for great shade, if you have a large number of herd animals, you will want to separate them into groups so they get sufficient shade.
Although turning on sprinklers for your animals can also help them in extreme weather, it can be a costly convenience. Misting systems are a simple, cost-effective alternative that uses a series of pipes or hoses with small holes to create a fine mist that cools the air.Constructed shelters roofed with aluminum or galvanized steel are great for chicken coops, kennels, and shelters, as they reflect the sun’s rays.
These systems use evaporative cooling, so they require very little water and cost much less than a typical air conditioner. Misting systems can lower temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.
Along with your outdoor misting system, you can consider investing in a set of misting fans, which work on the same concept, but also offer the benefit of circulating the air while cooling it. These are ideal for climate control for animals, plants, equestrian centers, warehouses, as well as manufacturing facilities. They work using the same concept of evaporative cooling and are fed water through a small hose with misting nozzles in front of the fan.
Caring for your animals outdoor’s does not have to be a costly, time-consuming endeavor. Take time out of your day to see that each of your animals know where they can find water, shade, and shelter. Setting up a cooling system near your feeding area can also ensure each of your farm animals have the opportunity to cool down during the heat of the day.
Written by Amy White, a tech and gadgets fan and freelance writer. She writes for businesses looking to expand their online presence through thoughtful writing on industry-related topics.