Why You Should Stress about Heat Stress

Please join Peter Manneke, Territory Sales Manager for Europe, Middle East & Africa for VES-Artex for a webinar on the basics of heat stress.

Simply put, if your cows are experiencing heat stress, your production, reproduction, cow flow, and in turn bottom line, are going to suffer. This presentation will focus on how heat stress occurs in a barn, how to monitor your cows’ behavior when the temperature is rising and tangible heat abatement strategies to put in place to keep your herd cool and comfortable, before it is too late.

Build a Better Barn

Join VES-Artex’s Key Account Manager, Joel Hornby, for our first webinar of 2023. Joel will provide solutions for avoiding ventilation KPI killers. Sometimes the key to success is knowing what not to do and then determining the best solution. In providing an animal-centered environment for your dairy, specific considerations need to be given to the effects of weather, building structure and facility layout and of course, the cows themselves. Whether you are building a new facility or retrofitting an existing facility, plan to begin with the end in mind and do it the right way the first time.

Data-Driven Heat Stress Management

VES-Artex expert, Charlie Hoffman, will explore how you can use climate and operational data to fine-tune your heat abatement strategy. Our goal? To help you prevent the costly side effects of heat stress before they affect your bottom line.

Finding the Value in Cooling the Milking Herd

Dr. Mike Brouk of Kansas State University will discuss the challenges to cooling lactating cows and offer suggestions on methods to consider for different climates. He will explore options for natural and mechanical ventilation of freestall barns as well as dry lot facilities.

Fresh Air Injection Ventilation Strategy

Join us as we explore the concept of actively introducing fresh air into the cow’s microclimate with Dr. Mike Wolf of VES-Artex. By directing fresh air into her living space at less than 6 Ft (1.8m), this aids in improving air quality all year round. Improving cooling effectiveness in summer conditions and advantages for temperate climate winter conditions are additional benefits. This active approach is gaining traction in tropical climates, as well as an adjunct to natural ventilated facilities.

Managing Seasonal and Daily Rhythms to Maximize Milk Components

Recommendations regarding the care and housing of dairy calves have changed dramatically over the last decade. During this presentation, Dr. von Keyserlingk will highlight the latest research undertaken on feeding and housing of the milk fed dairy calf. She will also highlight some of the areas of calf care that are likely going to receive increased attention over the next decade and areas that are in need targeted research in order to find sustainable solutions.

“Artificial” Heat Stress

Are you causing the heat stress, or is the environment? Heat stress is a killer; from productivity to cow health, the side effects are real. In this webinar, Dr. Matt Brady walks through a recent case study and talks about the dangerous effects of artificial heat stress environments.

Cost & Effect of Poorly Ventilating Calves

Calves are the foundation for a successful healthy herd, so it’s crucial to make sure they are living in the best possible environment, and it starts with the air around them. Dr. Michael Wolf is the owner of Country Doctors Veterinary Service and a consulting veterinarian for VES-Artex, he will discuss how important a healthy environment is for the long-term health, wellbeing and productivity of growing heifers. He’ll walk us through design goals and the cost/benefit analysis of your ventilation investment.

Ventilation in Depth: Baffles

In this webinar Dr. Mario Mondaca will discuss baffles in negative pressure ventilation systems for adult dairy cows. We will review the overall design philosophy behind baffles and the history of cross-ventilated barns, the type of barns that most commonly use baffles. We will also look at the latest research on baffle design and position on cross-ventilated barns as well as tunnel-ventilated barns. Finally, we will address unintentional baffles that deflect air away from the animal occupied zone like waterers, concrete walls, cross-over walls, feed bunks, etc. We will review examples from measurements on farms as well as computational fluid dynamics models.

Cooling Dry Cows – Impacts on the Cow and the Calf

Whereas the beneficial effects of cooling cows during lactation are clear, less work has been done to examine the impact of dry cow cooling on subsequent performance and health, and on the developing fetus. This presentation will explore the recent work related to late gestation cooling on milk yield, metabolism, and immune status in the cow, and also reviews the effects of in utero heat stress on the heifer calf. Finally, the economic implications of heat stress in the dry period will be explored.