CALUMET—Pork producers can learn more about building ventilation from the inside out by attending a workshop on Monday, March 15, near Calumet.

The Iowa Pork Industry Center joins Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in offering “Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System” at no cost.

The program is sponsored by Automated Production Systems and lunch is provided courtesy of Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Brett Ramirez, assistant professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, said the daylong program will provide 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.

“Session content is divided into three categories delivered classroom style and a fourth that provides hands-on learning,” he said. “In that final portion, 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.”

The March 15 workshop will be run 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm at 6320 500th St. east of Calumet.

Here is the agenda:

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. “The Pig and its Environment.”
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon “Fans, Inlets and Controllers.”
  • noon-12:30 p.m. lunch
  • 12:30-2 p.m. “Curtains, Safe Manure Handling and Zonal Heating.”
  • 2-3:30 p.m. “Hands-on Learning.”

Attendance is limited to 32 participants and preregistration is required by contacting Dave Stender, ISU Extension swine specialist, at 712-225-6196 or can be completed online at