Mitigating Deterioration of Swine Facilities
On average, Canadian swine buildings are 20 – 30 years old; over the next few years, these buildings need renovations or may be replaced with new construction. This project set out to identify potential solutions applicable to Canadian conditions to mitigate the rapid deterioration of swine buildings. A comprehensive literature search supplemented by an information survey of various stakeholder groups in the industry was carried out to compile and identify potential solutions on barn building deterioration. An information survey had a total of 46 respondents composed of producers (43%), builders (13%), materials and equipment suppliers (20%), and academic and research and development organizations (24%). Results of the literature review and survey have identified various potential solutions for farm building material degradation which were categorized based on building design, material selection and treatments, and building management and animal production practices.
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