The workshops will focus on the interaction of ventilation and
herd health issues for beef and dairy cattle buildings. If you
are not getting the performance you expect from a building, or
you are planning to build a new one, attend one of the 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. workshops hosted by the University of Illinois
Featured speaker on herd health, U of I veterinarian Cliff
Shipley, will set the stage with a presentation on “Disease
Development and Transmission via Aerial Methods.”
Ines Bixquert, a U of I Dairy Focus Lab team member, will use
the team’s evaluation of several barns across the state to focus
the ventilation discussion on real world examples.
After a look at the health issues, engineers from Illinois will
provide information on design and management to achieve the
maximum performance within existing buildings or new
construction. Morgan Hayes, an Extension agricultural engineer,
will discuss how to manage, control, and improve ventilation.
Richard Gates, professor in agricultural engineering, will
discuss how to choose ventilations fans.
“Proper ventilation can improve animal productivity, and poor
ventilation leads to poor air quality and higher incidence of
disease,” said Hayes. “People often neglect to consider
ventilation, either because they are not sure what can be done
or because they consider it a minor issue, but it does affect
the bottom line.
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“To meet the changing demands on beef and dairy production, new
building designs and operating methods have been suggested,” she
continued, “including mono-slope, hoop structures, bed packs,
modified natural ventilation, etc. We will be discussing the
things you need to know to select or operate one of these
Preregistration is requested by calling University of Illinois
Extension. The deadline for early registration is March 1; the fee
is $10 and includes lunch and materials. Later registrations must be
received by 4 p.m. on March 7 and will be $15. Register online or
Northern meeting in Lena: 815-235-4125.
Southern meeting in Effingham: 217-347-7773.
Agribusinesses, equipment companies, and building companies
interested in sponsoring/exhibiting at either or both locations can
find registration information at web.extension.illinois.edu/lfmm/
[Leanne Lucas, University of
Illinois, College of ACES]