Personal Safety

Stay safe and protect those around you, using best practices, including manure gas monitoring and safety, as well as manure storage hazards. Be cautious about extra riders on farm equipment and follow animal handling tips.

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Hazardous gases released from dairy manure storages during agitation can be particularly dangerous for nearby operators when gypsum bedding has been used in the cow stalls. Image: Eileen Fabian
Research Aims to Prevent Deaths Related to Gypsum-laced Manure Emissions - News News
Gypsum recycled from manufacturing and construction waste has gained popularity as a bedding source for the dairy industry. More
Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide
Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide - Articles Articles

Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide

Dan Hofstetter, Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D., Michael Pate, Ph.D.

Gas monitoring is always recommended when working around toxic gases such as hydrogen sulfide. Fortunately, affordable portable personal gas monitors are available for on-farm use. More
Workforce Focus: "When will I get a raise?"
Workforce Focus: "When will I get a raise?" - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Dry Cow Management for a Better Start
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Workforce Focus: "What do you mean?"
Workforce Focus: "What do you mean?" - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Intelligent Mastitis Management
Intelligent Mastitis Management - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Profitable Pregnancies: Efficient Reproductive Management
Profitable Pregnancies: Efficient Reproductive Management - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Workforce Focus: "Whats My Job"
Workforce Focus: "Whats My Job" - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Safety Risk from Manure Storages of Dairy Cows Bedded with Gypsum
Safety Risk from Manure Storages of Dairy Cows Bedded with Gypsum - Articles Articles

Safety Risk from Manure Storages of Dairy Cows Bedded with Gypsum

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D., Michael Hile, Dan Hofstetter

Findings from on-farm monitoring of dairies using gypsum as stall bedding show a link has been found to highly toxic levels of hydrogen sulfide gas during manure movement and agitation. More
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Big Data in Dairy

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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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2017 PDMP Corn Silage Trails and Handling Silage Leachate - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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Cleaning and Maintaining Milking Systems - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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Transition Cows - Webinars Webinars

Transition Cows

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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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Non-Nutritional Factors that Influence Feed Intake - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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Technology Tuesdays - Webinars Webinars

Technology Tuesdays

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1 hour, 30 minutes

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This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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Dairy Management Mondays - Webinars Webinars

Dairy Management Mondays

Multiple Options Available

1 hour

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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. More
Photo credit: Jean Kummer
The Benefits of Playing It Safe - Articles Articles

The Benefits of Playing It Safe

Ginger D Fenton, PhD

Farm safety goes beyond equipment operation, personal protective equipment, and safe animal handling. More
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
Examples of pull tube with pump for gas concentration detection.
Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments - Articles Articles

Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments

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

This article describes simple relatively-inexpensive instruments for detecting ammonia gas concentration in animal housing to assure proper air quality. More
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm - Articles Articles

Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Information about disinfectants commonly used on the farm for disease control. More
Manure collection tank at Beltsville (Maryland) Agricultural Research Center.
Reoccurring Themes of Manure Gas Deaths - Articles Articles
Manure gas deaths keep occurring around the world. What can we do to make manure handling safer? More
Safely Making and Handling Large Package Hay Bales
Safely Making and Handling Large Package Hay Bales - Articles Articles
Shortage of labor and the need to rapidly harvest hay in its prime condition continues to increase the use of large package hay balers. More
Open Air Manure Storage Safety Tips
Open Air Manure Storage Safety Tips - Articles Articles

Open Air Manure Storage Safety Tips

Robert Meinen, Davis E. Hill, Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Non-enclosed manure storages are open to the atmosphere, but still meet the definition of a confined space in terms of occupational safety and health. More
Safety First with Livestock
Safety First with Livestock - Articles Articles
Every year, hundreds of accidents occur on the farm whether it’s caused by livestock, tractors, machinery, or mistakes. More
Keep Extra Riders off Tractors!
Extra Riders on Farm Equipment - Articles Articles

Extra Riders on Farm Equipment

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D., Sam Steel

Farm equipment manufacturers have begun installing extra seats on some farm machinery; most notably large tractors and self-propelled machines like combines and forage harvesters. More
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