Archives for May 2012

How to Clean a Barn with EPI Installed

Often we hear questions from customers regarding how to clean a barn that has the EPI Air® System installed. The answer is basically “Clean the barn like usual,” but here are a few things to remember.

Think Differently about Dust

leaf blowerThe EPI Air® System requires a bit of a paradigm shift regarding room cleanliness, since a thick layer of visible dust will collect on surfaces in the barn. It is important to remember that dust collected on surfaces is superior to dust suspended in the breathable air.  Even though the dust will be more noticeable on these surfaces, removing dust from the air enhances ventilation and data shows that it improves production.

Clean the Barn like Usual

When the animal production phase has been completed, the room can be cleaned as part of normal barn washing operations. The EPI Air® components can be power-washed when the system is powered off.  A handheld leaf blower also works well to remove the collected dust from the surfaces to get them out of the barn. Turn the fans on to purge and blow the dust off barn surfaces.  Dust is also removed easily by sweeping with a broom or rapping on the surfaces with a rubber mallet.

What other questions do you have about cleaning a barn with the EPI® System installed?

Baumgartner Completes Blandin Leadership Program

In February 2012, Matt Baumgartner, General Manager at Baumgartner Environics, and other residents from Olivia, MN and surrounding areas participated in a 5-day leadership retreat put on by the Blandin Foundation.  We asked Matt to share his experience with the Blandin Community Leadership Training. Here is his insight.

What made you decide to participate in the Blandin Training?

I received a letter from the Blandin Foundation, at the recommendation of other local Blandin graduates. At the time I didn’t know much about the program. I began asking others in the community about Blandin and received positive feedback, but it was my uncle who tipped the scales. He really encouraged me to attend. I have always been interested in improving myself and my surroundings. Blandin training gives a person tools and a network to achieve that goal.

How will your Blandin Training benefit your community?

During our training I joined a group with three other Olivian’s: Kevin Ayers, Nancy Standfuss, and Susie Blandin Training MinnesotaLang. The four of us decided to address an issue dogging our community: Sustainable Funding for Corn Capital Days (check out the Corn Capital Days Facebook page for more info). Our beloved annual hometown celebration, Corn Capital Days is in danger of disappearing because certain sources of funding have dried-up. We are employing our newly acquired Blandin skills and spearheading an effort to solve the funding issue. In summary we’ve framed the issue so the community understands what’s at stake, we’re bring together all those parties that have a stake in seeing Corn Capital Days continue, and mobilizing people and resources to maintain the effort.

What did you find the most interesting about the Blandin Training?

I really enjoyed the way they taught us to think about conflict. So often, conflict dominates people’s thoughts. Most of us seek to avoid conflict, even when the conflict is only imagined. Blandin has a very clever way to categorize conflict into four quadrants that hinge on the importance of an issue versus a relationship. For example, if I have a disagreement with my wife about what color to paint a room, I would accommodate her wish, because to me, the issue is unimportant and the relationship is most important. If the issue was much more important than the relationship, it would be a conflict.

What do you want others to know about the Blandin Training?

I recommend to anyone, no matter what part of life you are in, to attend Blandin Training. They teach a valuable skill set, and you get to know a whole group of great people.

The Blandin Community Leadership Program (BLCP) has provided leadership training for more than 6000 community leaders from more than 425 rural Minnesota communities, with the goal of developing and training a broad base of local leaders to build healthy communities.


“Today in America” features EPI (Video)

EPI was recently featured in “Today in America”, with a video hosted by Terry Bradshaw.  “Today in America” headlines innovative products and news from businesses, inventors, and leaders across the United States. John and Matt Baumgartner of Baumgartner Environics, and Steve Pollman and Chris Rademacher of Murphy-Brown LLC explain how EPI  (Electrostatic Particle Ionization) results in cleaner, healthier air, providing a better work environment for all involved including animals and workers alike.

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If you would like to learn more about how EPI could benefit your livestock, call Baumgartner Environics at 800-823-4234, fill out this simple form, or comment below.

Swine Solutions: Clearing the Air

Hubbard Feeds, based out of Mankato, Minnesota, is a leader in providing nutrition and feed for swine and other animals.  Their focus on educating producers about the ties between health and performance of swine is evident through the resources, such as podcasts and newsletters, that they offer their dealers on their website.

In the March 2012 issue of their Swine Solutions Newsletter, Hubbard wrote an article called “Clearing the Air – Negatively Charged Ions Improve Barn Air Quality and Pig Growth”.  The article informs the livestock producers that beyond animal nutrition, air quality in the animals’  barn is also important to their health.  The technology they describe for controlling dust emissions is called EPI (Electrostatic Particle Ionization) and is manufactured by Baumgartner Environics.

The article showcases what both New Fashion Pork and Murphy-Brown have already experienced with EPI – that dust reduction translates to better performance. Dr. Chris Rademacher of Murphy-Brown explains what happens when young pigs inhale dust, “…it robs pigs of some of the energy and nutrients we’re supplying for growth.”

But the benefits of EPI are not just for the animals. There is also an advantage to the surrounding community, as described by John Baumgartner, President of Baumgartner Environics. “If you take 50% or more of the dust out of the air, that’s emissions that never leave the barn, it’s not going out the fan and getting into the outside environment.”

Livestock producers need to be proactive with environmental issues, now more then ever. EPI Air provides an easy and cost effective way to improve agricultural air quality issues.

Read the Complete Article “Clearing the Air” in Hubbard’s Swine Solutions Newsletter