CONFERENCE ON HOOP BARNS AND BEDDED SYSTEMS:
Tuesday, September 14 was a day packed with the latest research and practical information on utilizing hoop structures and other bedded systems for livestock production.
The conference was held at the Hotel at Gateway Center in Ames, Iowa.
attracting increasing attention for their low-capital cost, competitive
returns, and flexibility. Recent innovations have expanded hoop
production beyond the initial focus on swine finishing. Alternatives
include providing shelter to sows and piglets, dairy and beef cattle,
and other livestock systems.
SPEAKER POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS from the conference (available only as PDF files)
Over the past decade a variety of innovative swine housing systems have been developed as alternatives to conventional confinements. Many of these systems are a direct response to pressures related to facility investment, the environment, animal welfare, and other concerns of farmers, consumers and the public about the way livestock are raised.
symposium was an opportunity for scientists and engineers
working with these systems to share their latest
results, and discuss the research needed to ensure these
systems achieve their intended goals. Researchers
attended from Australia, Canada, The
Netherlands, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Sweden,
Moracco, Korea, and across the
SPEAKER POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS from the symposium (available as PDF files only).
Iowa State University
Ag & Biosystems Engineering
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