Robotic Dairy & New Poultry Layer Tour
This tour will stop at a dairy that has recently installed robotic milking, feeding, and manure collection technologies where the producers will provide a demonstration of the systems. The second stop of this tour will be at a large, under-construction, egg layer farm that will be close to populating their eight barns at the time of the tour. The layer farm will use innovative manure handling practices, including belt drying and centralized manure collection.
Please choose your departure time when registering and plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time. You will need to check-in and pick up a name badge in order to board the bus. Registration opens at 7:30am for the first tour bus departure at 8:00am. Departure times are staggered from there.
All buses will return to the Expo grounds between 11:00am and 1:30pm, depending on your departure time. You will be provided with a lunch voucher, which can be redeemed at any food vendor on the Expo grounds.
The stream tour will explore impacts of excess nutrients on a local stream as well as providing hands-on opportunities for attendees to assess stream health and the benefits of buffers and stream restoration practices. One stop will be at a stream located in an agricultural area and another will be at the stream’s forested headwaters.