Noise from Livestock Husbandry Introducing a new Basis for Assessment

Regular paper

Michael Kropsch

AREC Raumberg-Gumpenstein

Monday 1 june, 2015, 17:20 - 17:40

0.8 Rome (118)

Abstract:
In the last few years farms and in particular livestock husbandry have been noticed increasingly as potential sources of noise pollution. To support noise experts in this special field the Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein (AREC) in Austria developed and published an agricultural sound assessment guide. The Practice Guide of Acoustical Engineering in Agriculture focuses on the provision of emission data for planning phases of new farm buildings connected with livestock husbandry and on their assessment. The most important sources of noise, agricultural traffic, rural technical equipment and vocalisation of animals are included in the manual. Especially noise emissions from livestock had to be considered. On the one hand animals are sources of emissions which follow biological rhythms and on the other hand the motivation to produce sound is strongly influenced by external factors, e.g. by the management. The knowledge about these facts is at least necessary to assess animal sound emissions. The Practice Guide was developed from 2009 - 2013 in cooperation with the Forum Schall and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. It is provided free of charge via the homepage of the Austrian Federal Environment Agency. http://www.umweltbundesamt.at/fileadmin/site/publikationen/REP0409.pdf

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