David Klocke was disappointed in the air quality in his hog barns. He came across an Extension article that opened his eyes.
“It dawned on me that while pit fans are supposed to remove pit gases, they end up pulling air from its closest point, which is the pig space, and right above the slats,” he says. “This causes air turbulence and a poor environment for the pigs and people operating the barn.”
Klocke, president of PigEasy LLC, came up with the BrEasy, a ventilation baffle for pit fans that targets the coldest, heaviest gases right above the manure line while leaving the better-quality air above the slats undisturbed. Installed between the pit fan and pit wall opening, the BrEasy is managed with a visual pit fan indicator and cable turn system.
Judges Brett Ramirez and Gregg Hora both questioned system management, and Katie Holtz, PigEasy marketing and salesperson, calmed those fears. She says that even though it is not a hands-off tool, “it is in fact easy to manage.”