For years, farmers have known that large, overhead fans provide the airflow needed to keep herds cool and comfortable in the summer at a fraction of the operating cost of alternative airflow solutions.
However, the benefits of Big Ass Fans go a step beyond comfort – it’s a matter of health. Uncomfortable heat can turn into unsafe heat in just a few degrees. The foremost reason dairymen install Big Ass Fans in barns and dairy parlors around the world is to reduce heat stress.
For the most part, airflow is viewed as the proven solution to a production problem. Evaporative cooling, created by the barn-wide breeze from a Big Ass Fan, offsets significant milk production loss — ranging from 10 percent to 35 percent — associated with heat stress.
In extreme circumstances, heat stress can cause herd health problems that require costly veterinary fees and treatments, and it’s not the only health danger that can be diminished by proper airflow. Here are some of the less-obvious health benefits of Big Ass Fans:
Proper air movement will make your dairy barn a more pleasant environment for herds and staff alike, and low-maintenance Big Ass Fans will save energy and manpower costs compared to large numbers of smaller, high-speed fans or more drastic and costly HVAC installations.
At the end of the day, Big Ass Fans also can improve animal health. It’s not only the humane thing to do, but good for every dairy farmer’s bottom line.