Dust is a major air quality issue associated with livestock facilities. In an animal barn, dust particles can originate from feeds, feces, and beddings, and can reach a very high concentration when animals are active, ventilation is poor, and/or feeding systems are running. Dust also represents a potential safety and health risk factor for caretakers in barns. Dust particles at high concentrations, especially small particles, are harmful to the humans’ respiratory systems. Together with hazardous gases, dust exposure can cause chronic bronchitis, decreased lung functions, aggravated asthma, and other acute and chronic respiratory symptoms. Dust can also carry odorous chemicals and, thus, play a crucial role in transporting and magnifying odor downwind from animal facilities.
Optical Dust Meters May Misestimate Dust Concentrations in Animal Barns
January 03, 2022
The SDSU Southeast Research Farm, in collaboration with SDSU Extension, will be hosting a symposium and exhibitor booth January 4-6 at the Dakota Farm Show in Vermillion, South Dakota.
December 07, 2021
The Power of Women as AgVocates Conference will be held Jan. 14-15 at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center and Museum and the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Fort Pierre.
November 24, 2021
Veterinarians that are current trainers, or those interested in becoming trainers, must attend a certification course with the State BQA Coordinator to offer in-person BQA certification trainings for producers.