The Importance of Insulation in Pig Housing

The Importance of Insulation in Pig Housing

Regardless of the size of any pig farming operation, it is a simple truth that the amount of energy consumed has a direct impact on the profitability of that farm. As noted in an official report from Purdue University in the United States, “When it comes to livestock structures, conserving energy means doing those things that reduce or eliminate wasted heat in winter and excessive heat build-up in summer. The most effective conservation measure is proper insulation.”

After all, the health and comfort of any pig is determined by the effective environmental temperature as well as other factors such as feed, water and air quality. Yet, it is insulation that can have such a major role in the success of any pig farming endeavour because it offers control over air temperatures, air speeds, the flooring and bedding needed, and even group sizes.

The Australian government also notes the significance of environment, explaining that the “thermoneutral zone” or the temperature range essential to optimal pig productivity makes the pig’s heat production the result of weight and feed intake, rather than air temperature. Here too, though, we see the significance of controlled environments and insulation.

Ideal pig housing is going to be a balance of appropriate levels of insulation as well as ventilation. Allowing adequate air exchange (to remove carbon dioxide, ammonia, dust and water vapour), yet also ensure that air flow does not greatly alter temperature is the goal. Insulation should be present in the roofing and walls in addition to providing an effective vapour barrier to cut down on condensation within the housing.

The modern pig farmer knows that economic controls as well as more successful farming are the result of many factors, and that premium pig housing is plays a leading role. At IDS, you have a partner in progress and bespoke housing solutions are always available for those eager to enjoy higher profits, better outcomes and more properly managed farms.

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