2008 World Dairy Expo Education Seminar: Creating a Productive Environment for Calves

2008 World Dairy Expo Education Seminar: Creating a Productive Environment for Calves, by Dan McFarland, Senior Extension Educator – Agricultural Engineering, Penn State Cooperative Extension



The future of a dairy herd starts with its replacements. At birth, calves are at a high level of risk to environmental stressors. To ensure their health and safety, housing has become a critical area for producers. Good housing provides protection from stressors and helps to ensure they will be healthy, productive members of the herd. There are numerous options available in calf housing with a variety of features. These features are designed to provide comfort and may be incorporated in new or existing facilities. Dan McFarland has nearly 20 years of experience designing and improving current facilities on dairies in Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise include: farmstead layout and design, ventilation system design and management, animal comfort, stall design, feeding area design, animal cooling, watering systems and manure collection. Additionally, McFarland has written articles for several national publications, spoken at industry events, and has prepared numerous papers for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service publications.