Novel livestock housing webcast March 6

Livestock producers are continually looking for the most-effect housing for their animals, some of that change is being spurred by changes in policy, consumer attitudes and producer preferences. Also factored in is the need to address animal welfare, environmental implications and cost and management factors.

A March 6 webcast by the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center will provide examples and perspectives from the swine, dairy and layer industry on how and why producers have implemented changes to their housing practices, and some of the lessons learned along the way. The webcast begins at 1:30 p.m. Central.

Erin Cortus, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at South Dakota State University, will moderate the webcast that will include Curt Gooch, dairy environmental systems engineer with the Cornell PRO-DAIRY program; Hongwei Xin, a Charles F. Curtiss distinguished professor in the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Animal Science at Iowa State University; and Yuzhi Li, an associate professor of animal behavior and alternative swine production at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center.

On the day of the webcast, go to www.extension.org/58813 to download the speaker’s PowerPoint presentations and connect to the virtual meeting room. First time viewers should also follow the steps at www.extension.org/8924.

Click here for more information on the LPELC.

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