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​​Keep Your Livestock Warm, Clean, and Healthy with the Power of Propane

At FS, we know that keeping your livestock facilities clean and your animals comfortable and healthy is a top priority. That's why we are proud to offer propane as a clean-burning, efficient, and versatile fuel source that can be used for a wide variety of applications in the livestock industry. Below is a compiled list of essential facts and information about using propane in each of these applications. To find out more about how FS can help meet your needs with flexible payment plans, leak and safety checks, and 24/7 emergency service, contact your local FS Propane Specialist.

Space heating

  • According to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), 62% of agriculture producers use propane for heating livestock confinement buildings.
  • The clean-burning nature of propane improves the environmental quality of livestock facilities.
  • Precise temperature control makes heating more efficient while providing a comfortable living space for animals.
  • PERC is working to develop a more efficient propane-fueled heating system for swine confinement buildings.

Incubation and brooding

  • Propane infrared poultry brooders are highly efficient because they provide more even heat over a larger area.
  • Propane heaters and poultry brooders will continue to operate during electric power outages.
  • Radiant brooders are most effective for heating floors and animals.

Water heating

  • Standard propane water heaters typically can be operated for half the cost of an electric water heater—and the savings go up to 60% with an energy-efficient tankless propane water heater.
  • PERC is testing new propane-fueled tankless water heaters in a banked configuration at a commercial dairy farm.

Waste management

  • Propane is commonly used to help control and utilize farm waste, one of the largest concerns of livestock operations.
  • Anaerobic digesters, also called "biodigesters," are being used to convert animal, plant and food waste to usable renewable energy. Because propane burns at a stable temperature, propane-fueled boilers are used as the heat source for one such system, which can convert up to eight tons of waste per day, producing enough energy to power approximately 80 homes while reducing solid waste in landfills and greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Propane-fueled incinerators offer a much simpler, more sanitary, and less costly way of disposing of animal waste than compost facilities. PERC is researching a propane-fueled portable animal carcass incineration system.

Sanitation

  • PERC and Mississippi State University studied the use of propane heat in dairy barn sand bedding to kill the pathogens that cause mastitis, a common disease in the dairy industry that can cost up to $200 per cow every year to treat.
  • The research indicated that propane flaming can reduce the pathogens by as much as 30% and lead to a 2.9-pound-per-head increase in milk production.​​​​​​​​

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