Windbreaks, when properly positioned around your dairy, can help reduce odor and manipulate airflow in five important ways, say experts at MichiganStateUniversity:

1. Windbreaks create turbulence on windy days, creating updrafts that help mix odorous air with fresh air.

2. On calmer days, windbreaks slow down air movement, which allows odorous compounds (attached to dust particles) to settle out.

3. Leaves on the trees help capture and filter odor particles.

4. Some odorous compounds (besides dust particles) may stick to leaf surfaces where they are broken down by microbial activity.

5. Windbreaks have aesthetic appeal.


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