The air in livestock buildings may contain elevated concentrations of airborne pollutants, such as ammonia, carbon dioxide and dust. These buildings may also experience large fluctuations in air temperature and relative humidity. Exposure to sub-optimal environments, including to high concentrations of airborne pollutants may contribute to poor respiratory health of farm workers and may also compromise the health of the farm animals. To combat these problems, a cost-effective sensor module has been developed that can acquire gas, dust, temperature and humidity data in farm buildings. Data from the module can be transmitted to a central database for analysis and storage via a high frequency (HF) radio link. The acquired data can be used to monitor and then improve the living conditions of livestock and the working environment of farm staff.
|Title of host publication||Society for Engineering in Agriculture 2007 National Conference:|
|Subtitle of host publication||Agriculture and Engineering: Challenge Today, Technology Tomorrow|
|Editors||T. Banhazi, C. Saunders|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|