TCSS Is "Free" From Gases & Other Dangers

Groups sue EPA over animal confinement air pollution

Donnelle Eller , deller@dmreg.comPublished 1:10 p.m. CT Jan. 28, 2015 | Updated 7:55 p.m. CT Jan. 28, 2015

This is the headlines of the 2015 article above and is just one in a continuing saga. Notice a few more such articles from years past indicate there is a cost the community must bear in order to provide food for the world. But reading between the lines would indicate that it is to the benefit of the industry to do everything it can to improve the relationship between the community and the producers.


Des Moines Sunday Register February 6, 1977

Excerpt from the article “Hog Units Spawn Dangerous Gases”

50 different gasses are found in confinement hog facilities. Five of those gases are potentially dangerous to the hog producer as well as the hogs. Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is as poisonous as cyanide. Workers that went into pits have been quickly overcome and died before they could be helped. Imagine the damage in hog health and feed conversion of 100% of typical confinement structures! Even if the hog was not in the pit with the manure, his nose is only Inches above the pit and breathing the gas ridden air!

This is an excerpt from the North Carolina Health Hogs Seminar, North Carolina State University.

Ricky Langley Duke University was the speaker. 1986

Many swine workers have complaints of shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and difficulty breathing. The longer a person works in a swine confinement building, the more likely he is to complain of these respiratory symptoms.

Numerous types of organic and inorganic dust, as well as several different gases, are present inside swine confinement buildings. Additionally, microorganisms, endotoxins, and mycotoxins are present. The dust comes from a variety of sources, including the feed, bedding materials, dried animal excrement, insect parts, and animal dander, to name a few. The dust can serve as either an irritant or occasionally an allergen.


Symptoms from exposure include cough (16-67% of workers), nasal irritation (23-45%), phlegm (14-56%), eye irritation (8-39%), chest tightness (5-36%), and headaches (6-37%).

Numerous gases are also generated in confinement facilities. Gases of most concern include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide. Gases can irritate the airways causing similar symptoms as noted above.


Additionally, gases may displace oxygen causing an oxygen depleted atmosphere which results in asphyxiation. Certain gases such as hydrogen sulfide may also interfere with oxygen utilization by cells causing a cessation of aerobic respiration leading to cell death. Methane may also be an explosion hazard.


For starters, NO ODORS as a result of NO Gases, NO wet floors as a result of "auto-training," NO sickness because their immune system is not strained, profitable because the facility is working FOR the producer!

Maximizing peace and comfort as a result of the absence of stress!

 This is also an example of EVERY TCSS facility.

The above and below pictures are two great examples of optimum health and wellness in the absence of GASES!

TCSS farrowing facilities are ALSO free from gases, odors and the resulting stress.