HEATING CABLES IN AGRICULTURE
Heating cables can be used in a number of different applications to improve the function and to rationalize the breeding within agriculture
The most common application is frost protection of water conduits and other pipes such as fodder conduits, sewers and air discharge pipes at the mouth of which ice may form.
Dung passages and dung yards are more frequently coated to simplify transport and handling of dung. The dung proved to run smoothly in wintertime too, where dung passages had been fitted with heating cables, thus prolonging the service life of the machinery for the dung-conveying passages. The outer edge of the dung yard is covered with a heating cable which is moulded in to prevent ice forming round the dung heap. Hereby the outflow from the dung yard as well as unloading the yard by tractor is simplified.
Silos are covered with heating cables (approx. ca. 150W/m²) to avoid ice forming inside the silo.
Floor heating in rooms for personnel, entrances as well as in stables. Surface heating at the entrance reduces accidents due to slips. Floor heating gives dry, comfortable floors in in both the entrance and the changing-room. Floor heating in stalls gives the animals a dry and comfortable floor to lie on.
Outdoor milking stations are often cold places with a slippery floor. This can easily be arranged with heating cables installed in the concrete floor and the walls of the cavity. This gives a comfortable working environment and reduces the risk of working accidents.