Air Quality and Livestock Farming

Air Quality and Livestock Farming PDF

By Thomas Banhazi, Andres Aland and Jörg Hartung

Air Quality and Livestock Farming PDF. Air quality has a direct influence on health, welfare and production performance of livestock as the high concentrations of noxious gases, dust and airborne microorganisms are likely to reduce production efficiency and the general welfare of farm animals. Long term exposure to particulates in livestock buildings might also affect the respiratory health of farm workers. Dust in animal buildings contains many biologically active substances such as bacteria, fungi, endotoxins and residues of antibiotics (as a result of veterinary treatments) that are suspected to be hazardous to human health. Furthermore, air pollutants emitted from livestock buildings can reduce air, water and soil quality and can potentially undermine the health of nearby residents. Airborne emissions include ammonia, methane, nitrous oxide, particulates like dust and microorganisms. In addition, other potentially harmful substances such as heavy metals, antibiotic residues and components of disinfectants might be also emitted from livestock building that are potentially damaging to ecosystems.
In this book, key aspects of agricultural air quality, such as monitoring, managing and reducing airborne pollutants in and around livestock facilities are reviewed.

  • addressing the raising awareness of the importance of optimal health and welfare for lifestock species
  • with contributions from international specialists and researchers
  • providing up-to-date information for professionals involved in modern animal producti

This book will be useful for farming professionals, academics, students, policy makers, business leaders, regulatory bodies and agricultural consultants.

Table of Contents

Section I: Characteristics and sources of different airborne pollutants

Section II: Measurement issues

Section III: Pollutant levels encountered in livestock buildings

Section IV: Effects of sub-optimal air quality on workers, animals and the environment

Section V: Reduction methods Controlling internal concentrations and emissions from the animal buildings

Section VI: Reduction methods and technologies for controlling airborne pollutants

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