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  Marley Eternit
Fibre Cement Profile 6
Takes No Bull!

Knocknagael national bull stud farm in Inverness has created a healthier environment for some of Scotland’s best breeding bulls by choosing fibre cement Profile 6 sheeting from Marley Eternit.

Profile 6 was specified for the new stud facility, which provides accommodation for up to 150 bulls, because it also created a durable, low maintenance roof covering.

Knocknagael Farm required a roof covering that would play a part in keeping its herd of high quality bulls in prime condition. Ensuring a constant circulation of air was a key factor in achieving this, because lack of ventilation in farm buildings can result in sickness and poor health in livestock. A common indication of this is increased incidences and severity of foot problems and respiratory conditions, which ultimately results in under-performance of the herd.

The fibre cement open protected ridges were used to create an effective ventilation system in the bull accommodation unit, by ensuring a constant outflow of stale, moist air. The width of the air gap created by the open ridge was specifically designed for the number of bulls and size of the building.

Unlike steel sheets, the fibre cement profiled sheeting specified at the farm is able to absorb up to 25 per cent of its dry weight in moisture before dissipating it in more favourable conditions. This again reduces the issue of warm, moist air condensing on the underside of steel roof sheets where it then drips onto livestock and bedding below.

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