University of Wisconsin-Extension is hosting two workshops focusing on dairy facility design Dec. 1 in Green Bay and Dec. 2 in Fond du Lac. Both meetings will include the same presentations.

Marina von Keyserlingk, professor and researcher of animal behavior and welfare from the University of British Columbia, is the featured speaker. Her research includes understanding the links between behavior and nutrition, particularly in welfare-related issues. Her studies also include understanding how knowledge of natural behavior can help provide practical solutions to current problems in the housing and management of food production animals.

The workshops also include presentations by:

  • Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin-Extension agricultural engineer, discussing dairy barn ventilation. 
  • Brian Hoskens, agricultural lender from Investors Community Bank, discussing financing from a bank’s perspective. 
  • Paul Dyk and Mark Hagedorn, University of Wisconsin-Extension agriculture agents, leading an interactive presentation on Dairy Beef Quality Assurance.

Cost of the program is $20, which includes lunch and materials. The meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both locations.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1 the meeting will be at the Rock Garden Supper Club, in Green Bay. The Wednesday, Dec. 2 the meeting will be in Fond du Lac at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Campus.

For more information, contact Abby Huibregtse, Oconto County University of Wisconsin-Extension, at (920) 834-6852.

Source: University of Wisconsin