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Reduce Heat Stress in Farm Animals and Save Energy with Ag Barrier® Pole Barn Insulation

Many people in the agriculture business recognize a growing problem – the heat in their pole barns impacting the health and weight gain of hogs and other farm animals. This is an increasing epidemic commonly known as the “black-globe effect.” Combatting this problem can become very expensive. According to Smithfield Foods, heat stress causes the hog industry up to $900 million per year since hogs are highly sensitive to increased temperatures. Innovative Insulation Inc. saw the need for a lower-costing, highly effective insulation alternative to combat the issues people in the agriculture business face.

Super R® Plus Ag Barrier® is a product designed for agriculture use in animal barns. It is a money-saving insulation alternative for the agriculture industry. It is composed of aluminum and polyethylene to form a superior product unlike any other in the agriculture market.

Studies done at the University of Iowa show that with the elimination of the “black-globe effect” using reflective metalized film insulation (Ag Barrier), many improvements are immediately apparent in the well-being of livestock. The only notable change made was the addition of reflective insulation. So, with the same amount of feed, hogs and other farm animals are gaining more weight and experiencing better health.

Ag Barrier insulation works by reflecting 95% of radiation back to its source. It is easy to install and provides remarkable energy savings, reducing indoor temperatures in summer by up to sixty degrees. Ag Barrier’s reflective properties also help buildings conserve heat in winter. Due to increased energy efficiency, Ag Barrier can help livestock farmers save up to 50% on cooling and heating expenses. Ag Barrier can be combined with traditional insulation and used to improve the existing insulation’s efficiency.

Ag Barrier® Insulation Benefits

  • Thickest and strongest radiant barrier product on the market
  • UV and corrosion resistant
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Less expensive than other insulating products
  • Advantages over traditional Tri-Ply ceiling material
  • Available in perforated or solid
  • Improves performance of other forms of insulation when combined with traditional insulation. The DOE has shown a 50% improvement using Radiant Barrier with traditional insulation
  • Helps maintain building temperature during power failures
  • Acts as a vapor barrier
  • Resistant to rodents and other pests

Ready to learn more about how Ag Barrier can save your farm money? Call 800-825-0123 today or fill out our contact form on to receive a call from one of our insulation experts.