Although they are not producing milk, dry cows are negatively affected when subjected to heat stress conditions.
The most economical method of cooling is to combine the use of fans and a sprinkler system where the fans mechanically ventilate the area and a sprinkler system increase the evaporative cooling of the cows.
Cooling fans should be positioned to direct air away from the pen. If vertical space is limited, locate fans along the sidewall to blow laterally across the pen in the direction of prevailing wind.
For adequate ventilation, SCHAEFER products best suited are:
SCHAEFER 52” and 54” Panel Fans
Steel panel fans combine low cost, high airflow, and high air speed for very high ROI livestock cooling. Polymer panel fans offer the additional benefit of corrosion resistance. Fans should be placed every 40-48 feet (12-14m).
SCHAEFER 36” and 42” Basket Fans
The very high airflow with narrow airflow pattern delivers high volumes of fast moving air to cool cows and other animals. They're an excellent option when headroom is limited. Fans should be placed every 24 feet (7m).
SCHAEFER Dairy Soaking Systems
Air movement cools cows that are soaked to the hide more effectively than dry cows. SCHAEFER recommends showing the cow for short periods of time while the cow is in the holding pen. Follow this by evaporated cooling from SCHAEFER Basket Fans across the cow’s back.