Pork producers can put the cool back into swine production by attending a swine ventilation systems workshop on June 29.

"Our goal is to help producers do a better job of cooling their pigs," said Dale Ricker, Ohio State University swine specialist and one of the program's organizers. "It's better for the pigs as far as their welfare is concerned, and it also should improve feed efficiency, which can save the producer some money."

The event will feature Mark Oberreuter, design engineer and technical specialist from Automated Production Systems in Sioux City, Iowa. He will speak on ventilation design and air filtration systems focused on cooling pigs.

Other speakers include Glen Arnold, OSU Extension educator, who will address air movement, and Ricker, who will discuss how drippers, tunnel and cool cell maintenance can help. In addition, Jerry Happy, East Coast district manager for AP Systems, will assist Arnold and Ricker in afternoon hands-on activities in OSU Extension's mobile ventilation trailer.

The event takes place at the Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer Street in Greenville, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration, due by June 24, is $40 and includes lunch. A registration form and complete agenda is available at http://porkinfo.osu.edu

Source: Ohio State University