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CommonGround: Record Breaking Heat

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 8:24 AM by Iowa Corn

The long heat wave finally broke  in Iowa over the weekend, and many Iowans are thankful - especially our livestock farmers.

Last week Katie, a CommonGround volunteer,  posted about what it takes to keep turkeys cool when it's hot outside, on their family farm. In her post Record Breaking Heat.  Here is a brief look at the post - and you can read more here.  
Did you have a good 4th of July?  Ours was a little different this year.  It’s been a rough week for hubby – really rough.  We’ve had record-breaking heat here, which means back-breaking work for Bart.  He’s been working his tail off to keep the turkeys cool.
Our barns use tunnel ventilation.  See those big fans?  They are 52 inches in diameter, and there are 14 of them in each building.  They suck air through the barn and produce a really nice breeze for the birds.  
Inside the barns is a mister system…rows of water pipes spray a fine mist into the air.  This helps cool the air that blows over the birds and helps cool the birds themselves.
99% of the time, those two things do a great job, and our turkeys have no problem staying comfortable.  This week of record-breaking temps has been hard on them, though.
Younger birds can deal with extreme heat.  Our other two flocks are doing just fine.  But one flock is nearly market weight and they have more trouble handling the high temps. 
So Bart has been spending his days and evening spraying water on the birds from this tank. To read more, click here


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