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Cedar Valley - Abbotsford, BC, Canada
Posted on Nov 29, 2017 by Karen Lally

Artex Project Highlight | Cedar ValleyNestled in the heart of the Fraser Valley, CedarValley Farms is an organic
certified dairy farm milking 400 cows. An hour East of Vancouver, BC,
CedarValley is surrounded by the beautiful Coast Mountains and the Fraser
and Sumas Rivers. Their geography means that 80% of the wind comes from
the South West. When it came time for owners Dave and Rich Vanderwal to
replace their barn, natural ventilation was an easy choice.

They sat down with our ventilation design team to customize ventilation for
their state-of-the-art 500 milking cow barn. The goal was to use Artex Storm
fans to enhance natural wind patterns to create the optimal environment for
their cows.

There were a few challenges facing them in this project, such
as windbreaks caused by neighbouring farm buildings, as well as parlour and
holding areas that were protected by the barns from any natural winds on
site.

The solution was to outfit the free stall barns with 72” Storm fans and 55”
Breeze fans to ensure good airflow over each cow stall. The Storm fans have
been positioned to cover the feed alley while the Breeze fans are used along
the outer walls where ceilings were lower. All fans are controlled automatically
to allow CedarValley to adjust the airspeed when temperature conditions
change.


Cedar Valley’s milking parlour and holding areas are located between two
barns where natural airflow is limited. To ensure adequate cooling while the
cows were being milked we installed 55” Storm Fans over the parlour and
targeted the louvres to direct air over the cows. In the holding area, where
the need for heat abatement increases as body heat increases when cows are
grouped together before milking, we installed 72” Storm fans for increased
airspeed and coverage.

This combination worked well and provided the customer with a break in
cost. The variable speed operation of the Storm fans will save CedarValley
money on power and give them more control over temperature changes
throughout the year. The Breeze fans were used in the lower clearance areas
and are an inexpensive way to compliment the Storm fans over the outside
rows.

To learn more and to tour the farm, check out our Cedar Valley Product Highlight videos on YouTube. 

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