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Agicultural Applications

Poultry Houses - Dairy Barns - Hog Barns - Stables

Reflective Insulation in a Agriculture Building - CowsProtect Chickens with Reflective Insulation

Keeping farm animals and livestock warm in the winter and cool in the summer is of vital importance. Rayblox HD® Radiant Barrier products’ flexibility and ease of installation makes it the farmer’s problem solver.

The Black-Globe Effect

Poultry House - Black Globe Radiant Heat

A little known natural phenomenon called the “black-globe effect” has a pronounced stress factor relating to the cost efficiency (or inefficiency) of weight gain in meat producing animals and birds. Whether an animal is outdoors or indoors, in temperatures exceeding 78° F, it absorbs a tremendous increase in radiant energy from the sun. Although the animal may be confined to a building, the “black-globe effect” on the animal is the same as if it were actually 10 to 20° F higher than air temperature. Studies show that with the elimination of the “black-globe effect” through the use of reflective metalized film insulation, many improvements are immediately apparent. In the dairy industry, an increase of as much as 10% in milk production has been noted. Also noted; a conception rate improvement of nearly 24%. Broiler house feed conversions went from averages of 2.3 to 2.8 lbs. of feed per lb. of bird to a much improved 1.99 feed conversion.

Many growers are finding that their animals grow faster and more efficiently after installing RayShield®. Death losses from heat are greatly reduced. The illustration to the right shows how an animal is heated even though the air temperature may not rise much. In winter, indoor heat is reflected back into the living space to produce greater comfort and energy savings.

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