Friday, June 25, 2010

Farmer Fridays - 70 degrees year round


Welcome to another Farmer Fridays.  I can't believe how fast another week has flown by and that it is almost the 4th of July which means that the sweet corn is almost ready.


Where is the summer going?  If it wasn't for all of this hot weather we have been having, I would almost find it hard to believe that it was summer because we've been so busy and haven't had time to enjoy it yet.  Thankfully our house has central air and we have least been able to keep cool during June's heat wave.

I'm also very thankful that we are able to keep our pigs comfortable year round at a temperature of 70 degrees thanks to modern technology.  Pigs don't have sweat glands so keeping their temperature constant and comfortable is really important. 

From last week's Farmer Fridays, you know that we raise our pigs in barns and are able to protect them from the elements like wind, rain, and snow.  By raising them in barns, we are also able to control their climate and essentially the temperature of their surroundings year round.  By using heaters, fans, movable curtains on the side of the buildings, and even a "cool cell," we are able to keep the temperature of our barns around 70 degrees year round even when it is 90 degrees or 0 degrees outside and we experieence both in Indiana. 


Our "cool cell" works like a giant radiator to essentially air condition the barn with the help of the fans. 

Being able to keep our pigs comfortable is just one of the many reasons that I am glad that we raise our pigs in barns on our family farm.

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  1. Very cool! We have tunnel ventilated barns instead of curtains, so we don't have "cool cells" although my hubby says some turkey barns have them. I didn't know they existed!

  2. Super cool! (Pun intended ;)) I love how I always learn more from you guys despite the fact that I grew up on a farm :)

  3. Maybe I can come hang with your pigs when the weather gets too hot? We use the cool cells in our greenhouses @ OARDC, too. btw - you can pick up the camo duck tape @ Wal Mart (yes, it seems they really DO have almost everything!). :)

  4. Fabulous information and pictures. (and yes you can still be considered cool because you live very very close to the "south of 70, north of 40" location. :)

  5. I wish I could live in a 70 degree climate. It's HOT here! HA!


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