Swine building ventilation workshop set for March 8

AMES ? Pork producers can learn more about building ventilation from the inside out through a series of workshops in March. Iowa Pork Industry Center joins Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in offering ?Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System? at six Iowa locations.

IPIC swine specialist Colin Johnson said this daylong workshop provides a two-pronged approach to understanding issues and consequences of decisions by combining classroom instruction with hands-on trials and application of knowledge gained in a real-world setting.

?Producers often question the efficiencies of their systems and are challenged seasonally in adjusting air exchange rates and the ventilation components within their barns,? Johnson said. ?Iowa?s climate can provide a challenge but we aim to equip producers with the knowledge to make the best use of both their heating and cooling mechanisms within a given barn.?

The classroom sessions include the basics of ventilation systems, effective temperature requirements, troubleshooting tools and techniques. Producers will learn how to optimally ventilate their barns while keeping pigs of varying growth stages healthy and productive.

Following the classroom learning segments, Johnson said attendees will be able to see and feel the impacts that design, maintenance and management can have on various ventilation practices through the use of Iowa State?s 24-foot mobile Swine Ventilation Trailer.

?A valuable and much-appreciated benefit of these mobile workshops with Iowa State?s ventilation trailer is the ability to try one?s hand at investigating ventilation and controller settings without risk of on-farm biosecurity breaches,? he said. ?This experience is invaluable for those who are responsible for building upkeep and ventilation on their farms.?

All workshops run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Thanks to IPPA and other local sponsors, registration and the noon meal at all workshops are free. However, preregistration is required due to space limitations. Preregister by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach swine specialist listed for the location you wish to attend.

The workshop in Washington is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, at the National Guard Armory located at 501 Highway 1 S. Contact Tom Miller at or call 319-653-4811 to attend this workshop.