animal housing Articles

  • Weda-Eurotier-Novelty House Equipment: VarioFlex

    A Plus For Freedom of Movement and Security: The New “VarioFlex” Farrowing Pen In cooperation with a research consortium, the Lower Saxonian manufacturers of house equipment, WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp have developed a new kind of farrowing pen. With a new structure, the innovation truly lives up to its name, - “VarioFlex“. On a limited ...

  • Greenhouse gas, animal performance, and bacterial population structure responses to dietary monensin fed to dairy cows

    Received for publication January 27, 2009. The present study investigated the effects of a feed additive and rumen microbial modifier, monensin sodium (monensin), on selected variables in lactating dairy cows. Monensin fed cows (MON, 600 mg d–1) were compared with untreated control cows (CON, 0 mg d–1) with respect to the effects of monensin on the production of three greenhouse gases (GHG), ...

  • Filter manure slurries directly before, after, or in place of anearobic digesters with a reverse osmosis VSEP membrane system, providing potable water for the animals and a concentrated nutrient feedstock for fertilizer.

    If constructed and managed properly, the age-old lagoon method of manure handling is a reliable method of storing and treating livestock waste. Lagoon storage followed by sprayfield application on local farms has proven to be a very symbiotic and effective method throughout the ages. However, the recent trend in the hog production and the cattle industry is towards larger centralized operations ...


    By New Logic Research, Inc.

  • Case study - Low feed consumption – excellent growth

    Ann Andersen from Denmark has been a poultry producer since 1997. She has had the DACS ventilation system in both old, leaking buildings and in the new poultry houses built in 2010. Her chicken are healthy, they grow well and an examination of the animals has shown that their tracheas are clear as glass, which indicates that the air they breathe is fresh and oxygen-rich. - Right from the start I ...


    By DACS A/S

  • Case study - I am satisfied

    Urs Berger from Switzerland is an experienced pig farmer and he and his family is the second generation on the 250 acres farm in the village Oberbottigen. In 2013 he installed the DACS ventilation system in a new pig house - housing 1000 pigs for fattening. In the new house the pigs have access to an outdoor enclosure. Nevertheless they often choose to stay indoor - thanks to the very efficient ...


    By DACS A/S

  • Improved Performance Through Weaning

    Weaning can be a stressful event for calves.  Taking the time to wean gradually can help reduce that stress and give the calf time to adjust their eating patterns to include more starter.  It is important to establish the right time to wean ensuring (a) the calf has received enough milk for optimal growth and (b) is consuming enough starter to wean gently and not lose body condition ...


    By Grober Nutrition USA

  • 5 C’s Of Calf Care

    Every producer has individual opportunities and challenges due to their housing environment and management strategy. The key to maximizing growth, health, and long-term profitability is establishing a sound system of care for your pre-ruminant livestock. No matter the system you choose, ensuring these 5 keys to management are acknowledged and defined for you and your team will enhance the ...


    By Grober Nutrition USA

  • StealthNet and OvoControl: A one-two Punch

    A large steel farm building that houses a university’s agricultural animals had a serious problem. Though there is a roof, two of the sides are wide open, and the roof’s open beam structure provided thousands of feet of perching surfaces for pigeons. StealthNet to the Rescue Bird ...


    By Bird Barrier

  • Commercial composting provides food for thought

    The retail sector and food manufacturers produce a mountain of waste but, unlike householders, they cannot simply throw it in the compost and wait for it to rot down. The Compost Association told edie about the obstacles in the way of recycling waste from the commercial sector. Compared to household domestic waste, biodegradable matter from the retail and catering sector represents only a small ...

  • Maximize Growth Potential & Production

    Every farm environment has unique opportunities and challenges. Your young animals’ performance is determined by your ability to recognize their specific needs and to make the necessary adjustments to your feeding program based on their genetic potential, housing environment, and environmental conditions. The greater the producers’ ability to recognize the challenges of the ...


    By Grober Nutrition USA

  • Senate Passes GMO Bill Creating A National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard With Federal Preemption And Exclusion Information

    On July 7, 2016, the Senate passed a bill, An Act to Reauthorize and Amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for Other Purposes (S. 764), through agreement to the House's amendment to S. 764, with further amendment. While the bill is being referred to as a genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling bill, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Main Applications of Truck Mounted ULV Fogger

    A fogger is a machine which distributes chemicals such as insecticide or disinfectant into an area by means of a fine spray for killing insects and other arthropods. They are often used by consumers as a low-cost alternative to professional pest control services. The number of fogger needed for pest control depends on the size of the space needed to treat. There are different types of ...

  • Manure Compost A New Cash Crop

    A growing number of livestock producers are discovering manure compost as a new cash crop. When Mark Meyer refers to the “magic” at New Day Farms, he isn’t referring  to  the  liquid  egg  products  generated  by more than 2.5 million laying hens. Rather, Meyer, the environmental manager  at the Ohio facility, is talking about the ...

  • Is Tree Plantation Sustainable?

    According to, say oxford dictionary, Sustainability is that capacity or ability of something that enables it to maintain itself. It includes taking some initiative today that might have long-term benefit. If something you are doing is said to be “sustainable”, it should have the ability to continue forever. So is tree plantation sustainable? Living sustainability refers to us, the ...


    By Enviro Frontier

  • Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife

    Can the right breed help keep both domestic animals and native carnivores alive? This story was co-published with High Country News, a nonprofit media organization that covers the important issues and stories that define the American West. On a bright fall morning in central Washington, a flock of ...


    By Ensia

  • Dutch Farmers Find It Pays To Manage Poultry Manure

    Poultry farmers in Holland face challenges similar to their North American counterparts in dealing with manure from concentrated operations where there is insufficient cropland for application. This creates a need for exporting manure from the producing farm to users in other places. Poultry operations in Holland differ from most North American poultry farms in that most are not vertically ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Anaerobic Digestion at Dairy Farms

    The need to upgrade dairy waste management practices to overcome pollution problems is leading more farmers to seek solutions with anaerobic digestion technology. Two recent examples of this trend are underway at California sites. The Cal Poly Dairy is located adjacent to the California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo. The dairy milks 180 cows with a total population of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost Science & Utilization: Current research

    Materials and Methods Composting To Eradicate Fusarium Graminearum From Infested Livestock FeedInvestigators: Francis J. Larney, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; T. Kelly Turkington, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Centre, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada Objectives: Fusarium head blight, caused by Fusarium graminearum, could potentially become a ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Pragmatic farm composters forge new path to resource recovery

    AG CHOICE is an on-farm composting operation located in the scenic countryside of Andover, New Jersey. On the drive to tour their site, it was astounding just how much of New Jersey, our most densely populated state, is still rural. Jay and Jill Fischer operate the two-year-old facility, which is one of a kind in New Jersey. Jay also owns and operates a sawmill in the area, and it was while ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Marine Resources : Chitin Research Opens Up Crab Shell Profits

     Building Human Resources Instead of Landfills “The product originally designed was a chipboard four-drawer dresser that retailed for $20,” explains McDonald. The material used was chipboard “blows” or imperfect boards that would normally go to the dump. While durable, it was suitable only for garage or storage use. Manufacturing this dresser allowed the woodshop to learn the process and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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