Designing dairy ventilation will be focus of Penn State webinar

“The Aerial Environment: Fresh Air and Plenty of It” will be the topic of the next session of the Technology Tuesdays webinar series offered by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team. The webinar will be held Nov. 8 from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Eastern time, and is free of charge.

The session is part of the webinar series’ cow-centered housing segment, which focuses on design and evaluation of dairy housing from the cow’s perspective, particularly as it relates to cow comfort and well-being.

“Ventilation systems, properly designed and managed to maintain desirable moisture gas and pollutant levels during all seasons, are essential to the health performance and well-being of dairy cows,” explains Dan McFarland, Penn State Extension engineer, who will present the program, along with Dr. Robert Graves, professor, Penn State Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

The Technology Tuesdays webinar series is designed for dairy producers, their employees, and agri-business professionals. The webinar format permits participants to enjoy an educational program, in real-time, from the comfort and convenience of their office computer or laptop. Although there is no fee to participate, advance registration is required no later than noon the day preceding the first session you wish to attend.

To register, contact the Penn State Extension Dairy Team at (888) 373-7232 or www.das.psu.edu/dairy-alliance/education/technology. Participants must have a high-speed Internet connection and speakers on their computer in order to see and hear the presentation.

Future sessions in the series will feature more about cow-centered housing, as well as other dairy-related topics, including:

• Dec. 13 – Solar Energy.

• Jan. 10 – Cow-Centered Housing Series: Feed and Water System Design and Management.

• Feb. 14 – Hot Weather Management in Freestall and Tie Stall Dairies.

• March 13 – Cow-Centered Housing Series: Design and Management of Quality Resting Areas.

• May 8 – Cow-Centered Housing Series: The Relationship between Flooring, Footing and Lameness.

This webinar series qualifies for SmartStart credits through AgChoice Farm Credit.

Source: Penn State Extension Dairy Team press release

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