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Information on managing mechanical and natural ventilation systems for animal housing or barns, biosecurity and farm lighting. Find advice on Bud Boxes, bison production and silage effluent.

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Farm Biosecurity Best Practices for Contractors, Vendors, and Visitors
Farm Biosecurity Best Practices for Contractors, Vendors, and Visitors - Online Courses Online Courses
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If you visit farms, this online course will teach you best biosecurity practices and etiquette for keeping farms, animals, and people safe and productive. More
Natural Ventilation for Freestall Barns
Natural Ventilation for Freestall Barns - Articles Articles

Natural Ventilation for Freestall Barns

Robert Graves, Ph.D., P.E.

Cows continuously produce heat and moisture so a ventilation system is necessary to continuously exchange inside air for drier, cooler outside air. More
Organic poultry house with sidewall eave and ceiling inlets.
Inlets for Mechanical Ventilation Systems in Animal Housing - Articles Articles
Properly designed and functioning ventilation inlet openings are key for achieving comfortable, fresh air conditions in farm animal housing. More
Ventilation Improvements for Veal Calf Housing
Ventilation Improvements for Veal Calf Housing - Articles Articles

Ventilation Improvements for Veal Calf Housing

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article explains how adding a second and third large baffle inlet assembly to a 50-calf room can provide hot weather ventilation. More
Biosecurity Signs
Biosecurity Signs - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Signs

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Louise Byler

Examples of biosecurity signs that can be posted at animal farms/facilities to reduce the risk of importing/transmitting disease. More
Dairy Beef
Dairy-Beef Production - Articles Articles

Dairy-Beef Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Production of high-quality dairy-beef is relatively new to the beef industry and depends almost entirely on Holstein bull calves. More
Cattle flow through a Bud Box. Illustration from Dr. Craig Payne and Michele Proctor; University of Missouri Extension
Bud Boxes Gaining in Popularity for Cattle Handling - Articles Articles
Become familiar with the term "Bud Box"; it may change the way you work your cattle. More
Bison
Bison Production - Articles Articles

Bison Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Bison adapt to a wide range of environments, feed sources, and management systems. More
Beef Cow-calf Operation
Beef Cow-calf Operation - Videos Videos

Beef Cow-calf Operation

H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Producer video describing the benefits, challenges, and marketing opportunities of a cow-calf operation. More
Inlets Essential to Tunnel Ventilation Success Inlets Essential to Tunnel Ventilation Success - Articles
Properly sized inlets – located to supply uniform distribution throughout the animal space – are essential to provide a more comfortable space for cows. More
Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting
Upgrade Options and Common Pitfalls for Farm Lighting - Articles Articles
We'll discuss some of the more common problems you can avoid without too much trouble. More
Managing Silage Effluent
Managing Silage Effluent - Articles Articles
No matter our best efforts to harvest at the correct moisture and in a timely fashion, effluent happens. More
Prepare Early for Easy Calving
Prepare Early for Easy Calving - Articles Articles
The spring season on beef cattle operations, usually means heavy calving as well as preparing the pastures. Here are a few tips that will help to keep you prepared and make calving season easy! More
Basic Beef Production Guidelines
Basic Beef Production Guidelines - Articles Articles
Raising beef cattle can be a profitable enterprise. However, there are several management skills that each beef producer should have to be successful. More
Beef Production
Beef Production - Articles Articles

Beef Production

Lynn Kime

Beef cattle is a major industry in PA with over 25,000 farms. More