animal housing Articles

  • 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

  • Influence of some biological wastes and their combination on growth and reproduction potential of earthworm, Eisenia fetida and their effect on plant growth

    Effect on growth and reproduction potential of animal wastes viz., cow, goat, horse and a domestic waste (used tea dust) and their combinations to the earthworm, Eisenia fetida, was studied under laboratory conditions. The effect of above on growth aspects of Bhendi crop was compared with the normal compost individually under green house conditions. The effects on growth were assessed for ten ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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), ...

  • Testimonial Mr. Berger from Switzerland: no smell of pigs in the DACS house

    Urs Berger is the second generation on his 250 acres farm in the village Oberbottigen in Switzerland. In 2013 he installed a DACS ventilation system in a new 1000 finisher unit. The pigs have access to an outdoor area. Nevertheless, they often choose to stay indoor - thanks to the very constant movement of preheated air in the house. Ventilation without draught With the DACS ...


    By DACS A/S

  • Testimonial Mr. Van Thournout, Belgium: The litter in the house stays dry

    Marc Van Thournout owns a broiler breeder farm and a hatchery near Pittem, Belgium. Marc distributes day-old chicks to several broiler farmers in the Pittem area. Nearly all of Marc´s houses are now equipped with DACS ventilation. New broiler breeder house – In 2010 I was planning for an expansion of my operation and was searching ...


    By DACS A/S

  • Testimonial Bettapork, Australia: MagFans are whisper quiet

    MagFans are whisper quiet and consume far less power than any other similar size fans on our farm. Bettapork in Queensland, Australia, is a 2000 sow full line production with three individual sites for sows, weaners and finishers. Laurie Brosnan is one of the owners of Bettapork and in charge of the production, and Laurie is constantly working to optimize his production, save energy, and increase ...


    By DACS A/S

  • Formaldehyde – a dangerous chemical

    It’s amazing all the places that formaldehyde is found.  It’s best known uses are in insulating material and particleboard.  The most publicized use has been in manufactured homes and mobile homes.  FEMA has been overwhelmed with actions related to exposure to formaldehyde in temporary housing for Hurricane Katrina survivors, and other disasters. There are both short ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • Testimonial Hans Liniger, Switzerland: Animal welfare is the farmer`s profit

    Hans Liniger from Bernischen Lanzenhäusern in Switzerland has been a farm construction consultant for pig farmers for 35 years. Experience tells him even the smallest mistake in the planning process can have a significant negative impact on the welfare of the pigs. Hans Liniger from Bernischen Lanzenhäusern in Switzerland has been a farm construction consultant for pig farmers for 35 ...


    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

  • Testimonial Mrs. Andersen, Denmark: Low feed consumption - excellent growth

    The climate in my houses is always comfortable, and the temperature is uniform all over the house. Ann Andersen from Denmark has been a poultry producer since 1997. She has DACS ventilation in her three houses - all built in 2010. Her chickens are healthy and grow well. Right from the start I have worked hard to optimize my production as I can only make a living from producing ...


    By DACS A/S

  • 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.

  • Kipster – probably the world’s most animal-friendly and environmentally sound layer house - Case Study

    A poultry house for 27,000 layers as the world has never seen one before was recently erected near Venlo in the Netherlands. The building barely looks like a poultry house and is an eye-catcher in both rural environments and urban regions.  The focus of the project is entirely on the laying hen. With this focus in mind, four entrepreneurs and the owners of the barn, Styn ...


    By Big Dutchman

  • OSTP Announces Second and Third Public Engagement Sessions for Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products

    On February 1, 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the dates and locations for the second and third public engagement sessions that will discuss the July 2, 2015, memorandum entitled "Modernizing the Regulatory System ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Saving money with the new LED technology for poultry houses - Case Study

    For the broilers on Dirk Bockhorst's farm, the morning starts leisurely. As if the sun were rising, the lights are slowly turned on in the houses located in Emstek, Lower Saxony, Germany. Happy clucking can be heard all around. Until warm light illuminates the houses half an hour later. This light does not come from standard 40 watt light bulbs but is provided by high-quality LED lamps. A ...


    By Big Dutchman

  • 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

  • Electronic sow feeding system

    In 2013, the company Börde Porc GmbH & Co. KG set up a modern sow management farm in one of the most fertile plains of Germany, the so-called "Magdeburg Börde". The new houses provide space for around 2,400 productive sows and 600 gilts. Once again, Big Dutchman was allowed to prove its capability by providing the required sow equipment.  To date, Börde Porc's location ...


    By Big Dutchman

  • Prospering pig farmer in Catalonia very happy with liquid feeding system - Case Study

    Catalonia, one of the autonomous communities of Spain in the north-east of the country, has much to offer. Its beautiful beaches and the capital Barcelona are visited by many tourists every year. What most of them do not know: The Catalans are very successful pig producers. This is not only proven by the many farms breeding the Iberian pig in the region around the city of Lleida. A large ...


    By Big Dutchman

  • Crystal Ball in the Rain Forest

    Where do you expect to find Crystal Ball? Does an image come to mind of a cubicle housing a busy financial analyst constructing scenarios on a billion-dollar company’s performance in coming quarters? That’s undoubtedly accurate. But incomplete. The tool that allows its users to see into multiple versions of the future and make smart choices will find a home anywhere there’s uncertainty. One ...


    By Oracle

  • 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

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