View
Publication Type
Book Chapter
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Dyer, Patrick; Ngalamou, Lucien
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Physics
Title, Analytic
Modelling of an environmental control system for poultry farm
Medium Designator
n/a
Connective Phrase
n/a
Author, Monographic
n/a
Author Role
n/a
Title, Monographic
Proceedings of IEEE Jamcon 2000
Reprint Status
n/a
Edition
n/a
Place of Publication
n/a
Publisher Name
n/a
Date of Publication
2000
Volume ID
n/a
Issue ID
n/a
Page(s)
n/a
Series Editor
n/a
Series Editor Role
n/a
Series Title
n/a
Series Volume Identification
n/a
Series Issue Identification
n/a
Connective Phrase
n/a
Location/URL
http:www.ewh.ieee.org/r3/jamaica
Notes
CD-ROM
Abstract
The objective in brooding chicks should be to provide birds a comfortable and healthy environment, efficiently and economically. Temperature, heat, air circulation and humidity are critical factors to consider. A failure to provide the optimum environment during the brooding period can reduce profitability because of reduced growth and low nutritional values, poorer feed conversion, high vulnerability to diseases, condemnation and mortality. In developing countries, most broiler growers use thermostats and timers to control the environment in the growing houses. This method requires the farm manager to constantly monitor the conditions in each house and adjust the thermostats and timers as needed. This is a manual and tedious process and requires that the farmers have a very good knowledge of how each thermostat and timer affect the environment in the houses. All farmers do not possess the same skill level, so the manual method produces a wide variation in the quality of birds produced by different farmers. A few semi-automatic control systems have recently been introduced to the market in tropical countries; they are simple but lack the ability to operate efficiently in harsh tropical conditions. They are more applicable to cold climates, they address only the monitoring of the average temperature of the farm without any consideration concerning:relative humidity, ventilation, concentration of ammonia inside, outside house environment, ways to conserve energy. We present the design process of an environmental control system that constantly controls and monitors the environment inside a poultry farm.....
read more