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Clean air technology aids livestock and farm staff

April 1, 2019 by  
Filed under Livestock

New technology to improve the housed environment for livestock while overcoming potential health hazards for farm workers was a key feature at a recent on-farm demonstration.

The innovative adaptation to reduce dust created by mechanical bedding machines was among an array for feeding, bedding and materials handling equipment at the event organised jointly by Kuhn and Leicestershire-based machinery dealership Farol.

The Cleanstraw system, which can be fitted to the Kuhn’s Primor bedding machines, applies a fine mist of water to straw as it leaves the directional chute, significantly reducing airborne particles that can cause respiratory problems.

Speaking at the event near Saxelbye, Melton Mowbray, Kuhn product manager Katie Calcutt said it was important not to underestimate the impact that a dusty environment can have on both livestock and anyone working in sheds when bedding is in progress.

“Poor air quality is known to be a factor that can exacerbate respiratory problems in cattle, and it can also affect farm workers,” she said.

Ms Calcutt said dust from straw was likely to contain pollen, moulds, bacteria and tiny fragments of plant residue – and could be a contributory factor in pneumonia in cattle and conditions such as farmers’ lung in farm workers.

The Cleanstraw system comprises a 64-litre water tank and three misting nozzles mounted at the exit of the straw blowing chute. Nozzles are fed by a pump which provides enough water to treat 12 to 18 bales of straw.

Applying a mist of water at this rate preserves the straw’s absorbency potential whilst eliminating excessive levels of airborne dust by reducing the amount of time that these particles remain suspended in the air.

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