OARDC to Host Compost Bedded Pack Dairy Barn Workshop on Dec. 5
Cows kept in compost bedded pack dairy barns may produce more milk and be healthier, say organizers of a coming workshop on the topic. Also possible: Less environmental risk from the animals' manure and lower costs to handle it.
Ohio -- The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) will host
a workshop on compost bedded pack dairy barns on Dec. 5. The same program will
be offered in Tennessee on Dec. 12 and in Kentucky on Dec. 13.
bedded pack dairy barn is an alternative dairy system with solid manure
handling options, said Lingying
Zhao, an associate professor of food, agricultural and biological
engineering at Ohio State University and one of the event’s organizers and
increased interest in the compost bedded pack system because of its potential
for positive impacts on milk production and cow health and its ability to
handle manure as a dry material,” Zhao said.
benefits of the system also include less environmental risk from the animals’ manure and lower costs to handle it, she said.
at the workshop will be experts from Ohio State’s College of Food,
Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, including OARDC and Ohio State
University Extension, which are the college’s research and outreach arms,
respectively; the University of Kentucky; the University of Tennessee; and the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
will be recent research findings related to building design and management,
milk production and quality, cow behavior and health, compost and bedding
quality, indoor air quality, ventilation, economics, and NRCS standards and
the program will be a panel discussion by dairy farmers who have used compost
bedded pack systems and will share their experiences.
The farmers on the Dec. 5
panel will be Richard Indoe of Richman Farms, Lodi, Ohio; Alan Kozak, Clover
Patch Dairy, Millersburg, Ohio; and Nathan Goodell, Goodell Family Farms,
workshop will help dairy producers make knowledge-based decisions when
considering adoption of the compost bedded pack system for profitable and
sustainable dairy operations,” said Zhao, who has joint appointments with OARDC
and OSU Extension.
producers, professional consultants, NRCS engineers, Extension educators and
anyone else interested in alternative dairy housing options are welcome to
attend, she said.
program goes from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in OARDC’s Fisher Auditorium, 1680
Madison Ave., in Wooster in northeast Ohio.
optional tour of the compost bedded pack system at Indoe’s operation will be
offered at 3 p.m.
for the workshop costs $25 by Nov. 26 and $30 after that date and includes
information, download the workshop flier at http://go.osu.edu/QR2 (pdf), call 614-292-6625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The flier includes a registration form and the complete list of
topics and speakers.
register, participants should download, fill out and mail in the registration
form along with their payment; or should send their name, address, contact
information and payment to Amanda Douridas, Ohio State University, 590 Woody
Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210. Checks should be made payable to “OSU/FABE.”
at the Ohio location are eligible for three Ohio Professional Engineers
continuing professional development hours and two Ohio Department of
Agriculture certified livestock manager credits.
12, the workshop will be offered in the University of Tennessee’s Plant
Biotechnology Building in Knoxville, Tenn.; and on Dec. 13, at the Christian
County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in
Hopkinsville, Ky. For more information about both locations, download the workshop
flier or call 614-292-6625.
organizers and sponsors of all three workshop locations are OARDC, OSU
Extension, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, University
of Tennessee Extension, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, the Ohio Dairy Producers
Association and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.