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Ventilation workshop set for beef and dairy producers

URBANA, IL -- Beef and dairy producers with concerns about barn ventilation should plan to attend the new livestock facility workshop, Good Ventilation Equals Good Cattle Performance. The workshop, hosted by University of Illinois Extension, will be held March 8 in Lena, Ill., and March 10 in Effingham, Ill. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. workshops will feature presentations by five speakers.

Jay Solomon, an energy and environment stewardship educator, will cover the basics of ventilation, describing how to move air through barns. He will cover both the natural and mechanical ventilation schemes that are commonly used.

A serious indication of poor air quality is increased incidences of disease. Dr. Cliff Shipley, DVM, Veterinary Medicine, will discuss diseases that can develop and be transmitted via aerial methods.

Maria Ines Rivelli Bixquert, an animal science graduate research assistant in the Dairy Focus Lab of. Felipe Cardoso, will cover real world ventilation examples.  Cardoso’s group has completed many on farm assessments and Bixquert will be summarizing concerns seen on these operations.

Morgan Hayes, assistant professor in agricultural and biological engineering, will talk about what can be done to manage or improve ventilation.  She will cover methods to improve air quality and ventilation schemes in existing buildings.

Rich Gates, professor in agricultural and biological engineering, will discuss how to choose fans and inlets for mechanical ventilation schemes.

Following these presentations, a roundtable discussion with all speakers will address more specific questions that producers have.  For those interested in building or renovating barns, there will be companies on site to discuss possible products and the building process.

The workshop is being sponsored by Vosterman’s Ventilation and J&D Manufacturing, ventilation equipment distributors.  Matt Wagner and Maurer-Stutz Engineering will be available to discuss engineering services.

Pre-registration 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 call: Northern meeting in Lena - 815-235-4125 or southern meeting in Effingham - 217-347-7773.