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Dairyland Initiative Workshops Planned Feb. 12-14

Dairyland Initiative Workshops Planned Feb. 12-14
Workshops will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison.

The Dairyland Initiative Workshops are planned for Feb. 12 -14 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. Daily schedule and program details can be viewed in the online brochure, also attached to this email. Online registration is now open at; see the brochure for registration by phone or fax. Up to 20.7 veterinary continuing education credits are available for this program from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Dairyland Initiative Workshops are planned for Feb. 12 -14 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison.

 Wednesday, February 12: The Dairyland Initiative Tours:
More than just another set of farm tours, this event will give you an inside look at how farms have reached exceptional  levels of production through remodeling or building new facilities that maximize well-being, health and performance. Drs. Nigel Cook and Ken Nordlund will talk about how these farms implemented the Dairyland Initiative’s recommendations to reach their  goals,  and producers will  add to the conversation by weighing in on their own experiences. First, we will tour calf barns at Larson Acres to view their unique and successful design, and supplemental positive pressure tube ventilation systems. Next will be Majestic View Dairy for an “extreme makeover” freestall barn remodel, which converted mattress stalls into deep sand bedding and added lunge space to sidewall stalls. Our final stop will be at Mystic Valley Dairy, where cows are cooled in the holding area using positive pressure tube systems and sprinklers. Mystic Valley’s freestall barn also underwent a makeover to accommodate large, mature cows. A new growing heifer barn will be another highlight on this stop. Registration price includes access to the Dairyland Initiative webstie, transportation, lunch and refreshments.

 Thursday, Feb. 13: Planning New & Remodeling Existing Dairy Cattle Housing
How do you ask your lender for money to build a barn and not add any additional milking cows? If you’ve struggled with this question, this workshop is for you! Using the Dairyland Initiative website, which stores in one easy to access location all the information you need to design a cow-and management-friendly transition cow barn, Drs. Nigel Cook and Ken Nordlund will walk you through the steps you need to take to create facilities that make your cows happy, healthy and productive. You’ll learn how to use the Transition Cow Index and other partial budgeting tools to show that the decision makes economic sense, virtual tours of facilities to share ideas, and the Wisconsin Blueprint to layout the floor plan of the new facility. Registration price includes proceeding notes, reference materials, access to the Dairyland Initiative website, lunch and refreshments.

Friday, Feb. 14: Design of Positive Pressure Tube Systems for Improved Ventilation of Calf Barns
While natural ventilation and negative pressure mechanical ventilation are widely used for calf barns, both have problems that can be minimized with supplemental positive pressure tube systems. Dr. Ken Nordlund will present on the deficits of common ventilation systems in calf barns, management of air quality and cold stress to minimize respiratory disease in calves, and teach basic principles of positive pressure tube systems, including static pressure, uniform discharge along length of tube, and estimating throw distance of air from the tube to deliver appropriate volumes of fresh air to calves without creating drafts. Participants will receive and learn to use the Dairyland Initiative’s Positive Pressure Ventilation Tube Calculator to create specifications for example barns. Dairyland Initiative staff will be on-hand for plenty of one-on-one interaction. Following the workshop, participants will be listed on The Dairyland Initiative website as trained consultants in positive pressure tube design for calf barns. Registration fee also includes technical support after the workshop, proceeding notes, reference materials, access to the Dairyland Initiative website, lunch and refreshments.

For more information contact Courtney Halbach, Associate Instructional Specialist for The Dairyland Initiative at (608) 262-6800 or Email: [email protected].

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