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Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia

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CARVALHO, Thayla Morandi Ridolfi de et al. Use of geostatistics on broiler production for evaluation of different minimum ventilation systems during brooding phase. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2012, vol.41, n.1, pp.194-202. ISSN 1806-9290.

The objective of this research was to evaluate different minimum ventilation systems, in relation to air quality and thermal comfort using geostatistics in brooding phase. The minimum ventilation systems were: Blue House I: exhaust fans + curtain management (end of the building); Blue House II: exhaust fans + side curtain management; and Dark House: exhaust fans + flag. The climate variables evaluated were: dry bulb temperature, relative humidity, air velocity, carbon dioxide and ammonia concentration, during winter time, at 9 a.m., in 80 equidistant points in brooding area. Data were evaluated by geostatistic technique. The results indicate that Wider broiler houses (above 15.0 m width) present the greatest ammonia and humidity concentration. Blue House II present the best results in relation to air quality. However, none of the studied broiler houses present an ideal thermal comfort.

Keywords : air quality; environment; kriging; poultry; welfare.

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