Evaluating Heat Stress and Energy Use on Dairies @ Enchanted Dairy

Categorized: Livestock, Dairy

: Aug 1st

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Workshops dealing with the risk of inefficient use and management of environmental control systems on dairies will be held at the Enchanted Dairy in Little Falls, MN on August 1 at 10:00 AM.

The risk of inefficient use and management of environmental control systems on dairies is increased energy use and electricity costs, but also decreased milk production. This workshop will provide dairy producers with tools and techniques to evaluate their barn’s environment and establish a baseline for their system.

The morning session will cover the costs of heat stress and how to reduce the impacts of heat stress with the ventilation and cooling system. The afternoon session will be an open-house format consisting of hands-on stations around the farm where presenters will share information on specific topic s such as lighting, fan capacity and efficiency, airspeed through the pens, observing heat stress, energy audits and sprinklers and misting systems. Participants are encouraged to rotate throughout all stations, which will take about 1.5 hours.

Registration for this event is $20 for the first person and $10 for each additional person in the group, with Candy Rogness by phone at 605.688.5141. 

If you have questions or require special accommodations to attend this workshop, contact Erin Cortus, SDSU Extension Environmental Quality Engineer or Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota Extension Educator - Dairy.

Directions to the Enchanted Dairy: From the intersection of US HWY 10 and MN Hwy 27, go 1 mile east on Hwy 27, 1 mile south on 160 Ave, 1.6 miles east on 133rd St. farm in on right (South), 17646 133rd St, Little Falls, MN.

This workshop is a joint effort between SDSU Extension and University of Minnesota Extension, and is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA.