WOOSTER, Ohio — The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) will hold 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.
A compost 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 speakers.
“There’s 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.
Possible benefits of the system also include less environmental risk from the animals’ manure and lower costs to handle it, she said.
Featured 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 cost-share programs.
Also on the program will be a panel discussion by dairy farmers who have used compost bedded pack systems and will share their experiences.
The 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.
An optional tour of the compost bedded pack system at Indoe’s operation will be offered at 3 p.m.
Registration costs $25 by Nov. 26 and $30 after that, and includes lunch.
For more information, download the workshop flier at http://go.osu.edu/QR2 (pdf), call 614-292-6625 or email douridas.9<\@>osu.edu.
Source: Ohio State University.