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EMPLOYEE VENTILATION TRAINING
about repetition and having a culture
that cares about ventilation.
"Practice doesn't make perfect; it
makes permanent," he said.
He added that looking at ventilation training methods from other livestock industries may be beneficial.
"On (the) swine side, hands-on
activities with a mobile ventilation
trailer has had very good success
-- something I have been considering for the egg industry," Ramirez
said. "Engaging the employees
in the things they need to do in a
'mock' atmosphere, accompanied by
training has worked well."
He said he has heard of some farms
that collect all the issues reported for a
year, then go through a training session
as an operation on each reported issue
for employees to troubleshoot the problems that occurred.

Individuals learn how to collect fan airflow data in an egg laying
house during a training session. Brett Ramirez

What employees should
be looking for regarding
ventilation
Ramirez explained how he identifies problems within a barn by
putting himself into the context of a
particular barn and then by asking
himself the following questions:
■ What season is it?
■ How old are the birds?
■ What type of housing system is it?
■ What is the stocking density?
■ What is the health status?
Once Ramirez establishes the
answers to his questions, he starts
checking the birds for any abnormalities. Then he evaluates the
room temperature.

Iowa State University's Brett
Ramirez offers insight to
properly training employees
in order to ensure ventilation
systems are working to there full
potential. Courtesy Iowa State University
"The spatial distribution of
temperature and how the temperature behaves over time in the barn
can say a lot about how the ventilation system is performing," he said.
Then he analyzes what stage the

ventilation system is in and how far
open the inlets are.
"Temperature is by no means
the silver bullet, but it can start the
process and help direct future inquiries," he said.
He suggested that employees
use one of their passes through the
house to only pay attention to ventilation equipment. This will help
establish a baseline and keep it at
the forefront.
"There is so much going on in a
house and so many things do, ventilation tends to blend in and is only
noticeable when there is a major
problem," he said.
Employees should be looking for
issues that can be easily solved.
"Cleanliness, for example, can
solve a lot of issues," he said. "Keep
fans, shutters, light traps, inlets,
heaters, etc. clean. This pays dividends in terms of efficiency and
durability. Performing routine maintenance falls into this same category.
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Egg Industry August 2019
Ventilating the world’s largest cage-free layer house
Employee ventilation training key to layer farm success
How to create an effective HACCP plan for shell egg plants
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