Return On Investment (ROI)
To prove that our concept works, we are conducting case studies on several farms. At these locations we measure energy consumption, air quality, ventilation and animal behavior. In this way we can make averages to generate a good and reliable return on investment. And that, of course, is the most important part for livestock farmers when making an investment.
If we look at meat pigs, the gas consumption is minimal. So there is not much money to save in this area. However, the effect of using the systems to ensure air quality through stable ventilation does have a significant benefit on feed consumption and health. This is because in winter situations, the pig farmer has two choices: ventilate with the risk of too much cold air coming in, causing the pigs to use feed to warm themselves, or ventilate too little to maintain the temperature, but risk air quality leading to health problems. The latter also affects performance and feed consumption.