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Reflective Roof Coatings for Heat Stress Relief in Livestock and Poultry Housing

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 9(1): 123-129. (doi: 10.13031/2013.25974) @1993
Authors:   R. A. Bucklin, R. W. Bottcher, G. L. Van Wicklen, M. Czarick
Keywords:   Animal housing, Roof coating, Heat stress, Poultry

A reflective roof coating was demonstrated to reduce temperatures by 2 to 3 C (3.6 to 5.4 F) in totally enclosed poultry housing with no ventilation. However, similar results did not occur in studies of well-ventilated poultry and dairy housing. Reductions in roof temperatures of well-ventilated housing did occur, but similar reductions were not found in interior dry bulb or black globe temperatures at animal level and no production benefits resulted.

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