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Can Calf Barns Really Have Too Much Fresh Air In The Winter?

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By Ryan Leiterman, D.V.M.

Cold temperatures are here and winter is quickly approaching. As the temperatures drop, calf barns are closed up and the ventilation rates are turned down. As an industry we do this reflexively, but is it what’s best for the calves?

Studies show that pre-weaned calves raised in hutches have lower pneumonia rates when compared to calves raised in barns. Even calves raised in calf barns equipped with modern ventilation systems can experience increased respiratory disease rates when compared to their hutch-raised counterparts.

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Pre-Engineered Tube Ventilation Systems

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Ryan Leiterman

By Ryan Leiterman, D.V.M.

What are the benefits of a pre-engineered positive pressure tube system?

Crystal Creek® is now handling pre-engineered tube systems. These duct systems have reduced set up and production time, lower material waste and use bulk shipments for lower freight costs; making the ducts less expensive when compared to a customized duct. Pre-engineered duct systems do not require a ventilation designer to engineer the system, further reducing costs.

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Calf Barn Ventilation Services

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By Ryan Leiterman, D.V.M.

Come Meet Dr. Leiterman

Discuss your calf barn ventilation needs at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days August 25-27, 2015 in Sun Prairie and at World Dairy Expo Sept 29-Oct 3, 2015 in Madison, WI.

 Dr. Leiterman is a dairy veterinarian experienced in calf barn ventilation design and analysis. He holds degrees in both Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine.

 During his time in practice, Dr. Leiterman has experienced first-hand how a properly designed ventilation system can improve calf health and calf raising profitability.  Producers are encouraged to consider all factors that will improve the quality of the air the calves will breathe. As a calf barn ventilation engineer and a veterinarian, Dr. Leiterman has designed over 100 calf barns across the United States. Seeing different types of operations has given him the opportunity to learn various calf barn construction techniques that can improve air quality and reduce construction costs.

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