Byre ventilation

On a recent visit to Drum Farm, Bonnybridge, Scotland I came across 2 interesting modes of ventilating the area around where the cattle feed.

Just above the ceramic feed troughs, there were 2 systems of ventilation.

I assume the idea is to allow the cows to have access to fresh air when they have their heads in the feed troughs and I dare say the draw of air to the outside may also assist in removing dust etc from the feedstuff itself.

Below – The photo below shows 2 curved ceramic ‘box channel’ type ventilators situated directly above the feed troughs.

Byre ventilator

Below – The photo below shows the opening of the ‘box channel’ type ventilator.

Byre ventilator

Below – The photo below shows the outside openings of the  ‘box channel’ type ventilator. (These have been blocked up with bricks at some point to keep rats out.)

Byre ventilator

Below – 2 photos showing another type of byre ventilator  – I call this the ‘mushroom’ ventilator! The section below would be situated within the byre and again directly above the feed troughs. This particular example has been removed at some point in the past.


Below – Photo shows the exterior vent of the ‘mushroom’ byre ventilator.

Byre ventilator

Below – Inside byre view of the ‘mushroom’ ventilator.

byre ventilation

All sections of both ventilators were salt glazed but no makers names were visible.

Below – This byre ventilator was found in a derelict byre near Dalquharran, Ayrshire. It was sitting within a broken stone wall.



Below – A selection of ventilators from the 1952 J & R Howie, Hurlford Fireclay, Kilmarnock catalogue.

This is a link to a 1921 publication – Veterinary Hygiene  – Air and ventilation.

Below – 2 pages from the Southhook Potteries Ltd catalogue. Date unknown.


Below – A photo of an old byre in the Cumnock area as taken by Ian Suddaby. It shows the exact layout as in the illustration above.

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