Midwestern extension swine specialists and agricultural engineers have created an educational workshop using a “field day on wheels” -- a swine ventilation training unit.
“Bio-security issues make it impractical to hold field days at live production facilities. We created the training unit as an educational field day site,” said Dave Stender, ISU Extension swine specialist. After applying what they’ve learned, pork producers report healthier air environments for workers and animals, production benefits and energy cost savings. Because of the unit’s success and demand, the Iowa team has acquired funding and is building its own unit.