4dBarn is presenting in the Knowledge Nook on Tuesday
World Dairy Expo Increases Educational Offerings with Knowledge Nook Sessions
MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo’s participating companies will showcase their latest research, products and services to help dairy producers improve their operations during new, educational Knowledge Nook Sessions. These educational sessions will benefit both attendees and companies, alike, as they provide an innovative opportunity for company experts to share detailed information with Expo attendees. Sessions will be presented daily in the Knowledge Nook, located in the atrium of the Exhibition Hall.
4dBarn will have a Knowledge Nook Session on Tuesday. For a current listing, download World Dairy Expo’s new, free mobile event app or visit the WDE website www.worlddairyexpo.com
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Labor Issues and Animal Welfare - Are Milking Robots Part of the Solution?
Jouni Pitkäranta, M.Sc., Founder and Board Chairman, 4dBarn
Virpi Kurkela, DVM, Veterinary Specialist, 4dBarn
Presented by: 4dBarn
Labor savings and management is a primary reason that dairy farmers are looking to change from conventional milking systems to automatic milking systems (AMS). Consumer demand for higher standards in animal welfare is also impacting new dairy barn designs. Making informed decisions in the design phase of an AMS barn can create a comfortable environment for the cow with minimal human interaction to address animal welfare. Proper design can also allow dairy farmers to achieve the anticipated labor efficiency they desire. This allows for AMS facilities to be labor efficient and cow friendly.
Speakers: Jouni Pitkäranta, M.Sc. (Architecture) and Virpi Kurkela, DVM
Jouni Pitkäranta M.Sc. (Archit.) is a founder and chairman of the board in 4dBarn, a global leader in AMS facility design. He graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology in 2006. Before starting 4dBarn, Jouni worked on his own as a dairy barn designer and has designed approximately 700 dairy barns. At 4dBarn, Jouni uses his architectural skills to create work efficient layouts and gate design to improve labor efficiency and cow comfort.
Virpi Kurkela, DVM, is a veterinary specialist at 4dBarn. Upon graduation in 1999, Virpi worked as a practising veterinarian in a large animal practice and as a consulting veterinarian for dairy farms in a rural advisory organization. At 4dBarn Virpi focuses on AMS designs to ensure excellent animal health and welfare for good production and efficient working routines for the animal care providers. She has an abundance of post-graduate education and experience, especially in udder health management and influence of barn environment and design on health and production of dairy cows, calves and heifers.