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Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities
Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities, Fifth Edition, outlines materials and methods for assessing and installing electrical wiring in farm buildings and equipment. This fifth edition resumes the continuity of the previous versions and the work of the past contributors.

Updated information on electrical design and component basics, a new chapter on lighting systems that discusses lighting technology changes, how light is used on farms and its effects on humans and livestock. Updated NEC 2020 (National Electrical Codes) throughout.
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$57.00
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Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook
Planning guidelines for drying, handling and storage of grain; locations and development of a grain center; safety and health; automation and control; and basic principles of the equipment used for grain drying, handling and storage can be found in this book.

What will I learn?
  • Reasons for choosing on-farm storage
  • How design and location of a grain system can help avoid bottlenecks during harvest
  • Matching grain handling components to performance, capacity, and convenience
  • Function and operation of equipment used for holding wet grain, and also drying and cooling grain
  • How to maintain grain quality after harvest
  • How to handle larger grain volumes
  • The need and importance of safety and automation
Download the Excel Spreadsheets for calculating grain capacities in various types of storage.
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$74.00
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$56.00
Cattle Feeding in Monoslope and Gable Roof Buildings
Cattle Feeding in Monoslope and Gable Roof Buildings discusses large beef feeding barns as an alternative to outside cattle feedlots.

This publication presents unbiased comparisons between monoslope vs. gable roof buildings and bedded vs concrete slats are discussed. Typical cattle feeding layouts are included, along with information on ventilation, wind and snow control, manure handling, water, feeding options and feeding rations and economic and Investment analysis.

Cattle Feeding in Monoslope and Gable Roof Buildings can be used as an educational tool for extension educators, a classroom resource for beef production classes, or as a reference for producers interested in learning more before making decisions.
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$7.00
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Cow-Calf Production in the U.S. Corn Belt
Cow-Calf Production in the U.S. Corn Belt pulls all aspects of the beef cow-calf operation into a single resource. Valuable to both veteran cattle producers and those new to the industry.

Specific topics:
  • Farmstead planning
  • Lots, housing and utilities for the cow-calf operations
  • Water and watering systems
  • Fences and gates
  • Harsh environments
  • Handling facilities; including bud box for low-stress handling
  • Manure management, including manure runoff
  • Forage management, feeds and feed storage
  • Reproduction, breeding and calving
  • Heard health and nutrition
  • Euthanasia and proper disposal
  • Arthropod pests
  • Beef operation, safety and health
Special Features
  • Case studies on various farm accidents with suggested solutions for prevention
  • Management calendar for each stage of production and season of the cow herd
  • Marketing tips and recommendations for the herd
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$72.00
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Private Water Systems Handbook
Private Water Systems Handbook will help you develop and maintain a safe, adequate, and dependable water system to meet your needs. It considers both domestic and farm use. The recommendations in this handbook is considered good management practices in most areas.

Discussions include water reducing modern appliances and energy-saving equipment. Maintenance of a quality water system is essential and is discussed in detail. Wells are the most common source of water, cisterns, springs, and ponds are good choices for providing water for livestock, fire protection, and lawn watering.

Contents
  • Planning for Water Use
  • Wells
  • Catchments, Cisterns, Ponds, and Springs
  • Pumps
  • Maintaining Pressure in a Private Water System
  • Water Distribution
  • Water Quality and Testing
  • Water Treatment and Protection
  • Water Systems Maintenance Calendar
  • Appendix and Glossary
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$56.00
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Installation of Wastewater Treatment Systems
Installation of Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual is the definite source for information on installing decentralized systems. Used for the National Installer Training Program.

The materials produced include a manual with installation and startup checklists.

Includes:
  • Dosing systems and controls
  • Media filters
  • Aerobic treatment units
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Lagoons
  • Chlorination units
  • Soil treatment areas
  • Evapotranspiration beds
  • Drip and spray fields
  • Outfalls
Other helpful items include learning objectives, data tables, a math overview, volume and slope intersection calculations, introduction to surveying, watertightness testing, and an installer glossary.

The Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment, often referred to as "The Onsite Consortium", is a group of Educational Institutions cooperating on decentralized wastewater training and research efforts. The Consortium also includes people from professional associations, citizens groups, regulatory agencies and private industry.
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Residential Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
Residential Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems is an award winning publication that sets the standard for O & M activities across the country.

This manual includes:
  • Complete descriptions of the operation and maintenance (O&M) service provider role and function
  • Step-by-step instructions for implementing an O&M service program
  • Definitions of terms
  • Clearly written text, supplemented by checklists, worksheets, illustrations, data tables, and learning objectives
  • Reviews of mathematical processes to refresh understanding
  • Conversion factors to aid calculations. References for further reading
Developed by the Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment (CIDWT), with partial funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Water Environmental Research Foundation (WERF). Written by 12 academic and professional experts and independently reviewed by 35 experts from major universities, professional associations, government agencies, and businesses.
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The House Handbook
The House Handbook: Guidelines for Building or Remodeling Your Home encourages the concept of universal design in the building process.

The book was designed with icons that point you to the concepts or practices of “Affordable”, “Attractive”, “Convenient”, “Efficient”, and “Healthy”. These concepts ease in the development of an integrated house and landscape plan that fits a variety of life stages, lifestyles, income, and locations.

Contents
  • Creating a Resident-friendly Home
  • Working with Professionals
  • Designing a Home, or Choosing to Remodel
  • Selecting a Location or a Building Site
  • Social Area
  • Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Bedrooms
  • Home Offices
  • Laundry Areas
  • Garages
  • Entries, Doors, Halls and Stairs
  • Household Storage
  • Foundations
  • House Utilities
  • Building Materials
Dozens of drawings and photographs complement the clearly written text.
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$55.00
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Living on Acreages: What You Need to Know
Living outside the city limits is much different than living in town. What do you need to know to live closer to nature and in harmony with rural neighbors?

If you’re thinking of moving to an acreage or inhabit one now, Living on Acreages will be a valuable instruction manual and reference to everything from building and landscaping in the country to maintaining rural property.

Topics include
  • Selecting a rural living site
  • Designing a homestead adaptable to lifelong needs
  • Establishing or accessing systems for utilities including septic systems
  • Understanding effects of seasonal weather and wind
  • Minimizing damage by insects and animals
  • Developing outdoor living areas
  • Planning and managing a pond
  • Planning and building driveways and roadways
  • Establishing a routine preventive maintenance schedule
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$17.00
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Farmstead Planning Handbook
This well-illustrated, easy-to-read publication shows how to locate, plan, build, and expand a working farm - small or large. Includes more than 100 illustrations, 59 tables and a sample expansion plan.

Contents
  • Planning Principles
  • Farmstead Site Selection
  • The Family Living Area
  • Drives and Service Yard
  • Farm Buildings
  • Farmstead Office, Shop, and Machinery Storage Areas
  • Fertilizer and Pesticide Storage Area
  • Crop Storage and Processing Area
  • Farmstead Livestock Area
  • Planning Farmstead Utilities
  • Planning for General Safety, Accident Prevention, and Emergencies
  • Planning for Biosecurity
  • An Expansion Plan Example
ISBN 0-89373-102-1
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Rectangular Concrete Manure Storages
Rectangular Concrete Manure Storages is written primarily for designers and builders, but owners and inspectors will find it useful.

This reference is not intended as a code or standard. It is intended to help designers interpret the codes and standards that influence the design of in-ground rectangular concrete manure storages, and present best construction practices for these structures.

Lots of tables, figures, and equations that allow adjustment and expansion of designs described.
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Horse Facilities Handbook
Horse Facilities Handbook provides guidance on how to create a safe and sound environment that will respect a horses' uniqueness and provide convenience and safety for both horse and handler.

Topics include
  • Site planning
  • Design and construction of stables, paddocks, and other outdoor and indoor facilities
  • Manure management
  • Storage
  • Fencing
  • Utilities
  • Fire protection
This book is a combined effort of extension engineers, animal scientists, and equine specialists at major U.S. universities.
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Raising Dairy Replacements
Raising Dairy Replacements is a complete and valuable resource for the dairy field. It was written by experts at four major agricultural universities, and edited by Patrick Hoffman and Rhonda Plourd, University of Wisconsin

Includes
  • Fetal calf development and birth, including delivery
  • Calf health, feeding, housing, and general management
  • Heifer development, health, nutrition, reproduction, environment, housing, and general management
  • Prevention and treatment of mastitis
This colorful, educational resource contains lots of photos, drawings, and tables that help illustrate and clarify technical concepts.

The download version includes supplemental figures and tables that were available on the original CD.
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Swine Breeding and Gestation Facilities Handbook
Swine Breeding and Gestation Facilities Handbook is a great resource where producers and builders can learn everything needed to plan, construct, and manage a swine breeding and gestation facility.

Contents
  • Housing Management Options
  • Building Layout and Equipment
  • Manure Handling
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Utilities
More than 90 figures, photographs, and tables plus 11 examples complement the text. Five breeding herd inventory worksheets and a boar usage chart complete the book.
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Dairy Freestall Housing and Equipment Handbook
Dairy Freestall Housing and Equipment, is a complete guide for planning and developing a total dairy facility. Includes cow comfort and manure safety.

This editions' expansive updates include increased freestall dimensions; freestall housing; heifer facilities; milking parlors and equipment; ventilation systems; feed storage and distribution. Safety guidelines for liquid manure storage are also included.

A must have reference for anyone planning a dairy facility, including builders, engineers, veterinarians, extension educators, technical school instructors, equipment suppliers, dairy producers, nutritionists, and other farm advisors.
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Conservation Tillage Systems and Management
Crop Residue Management with No-till, Ridge-till, Mulch-till, and Strip-till

This resource book is filled with a wealth of information relating to conservation tillage systems and how to manage them. Helpful to producers who are investigating conservation tillage – contemplating its long-range issues – and looking for assistance for selecting equipment.

Topics include:
  • Tillage benefits and tillage system definitions
  • Wind and water erosion
  • Crop residue and irrigation water management
  • Residue management oat harvest
  • Estimating residue cover
  • Crop response to tillage systems
  • Costs and returns
  • Soil compaction
  • Controlled traffic
  • Water quality
  • Converting CRP to crop production
  • Integrated crop management
  • Cover crop management in cotton
  • Nutrient and weed management
  • Insect and disease management
  • Rodent damage control
  • Site-specific crop management
  • Tillage system selection and equipment descriptions
  • Fall strip-tillage systems
  • No-till and ridge-till planting equipment
  • No-till drills
  • Crop cultivators
  • Pesticide application equipment
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Circular Concrete Manure Tanks
Illustrations, an example of a design solution, and a record for design decisions complete the resource. TR-9 is based on ACI-318 (Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete).

Please note that Circular Concrete Manure Tanks has not been updated to the latest ACI standards.
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$21.00
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Dry Grain Aeration Systems Design Handbook
Dry Grain Aeration Systems Design Handbook is intended for the technical oriented audience interested in learning about the art and science of aeration system design. It provides guidelines for selecting, sizing, locating, and evaluating grain aeration systems, and includes design examples of commonly used systems. Not included is design information for moving air through wet grain to hold it safely until it is dried, or for cooling hot grain coming from a dryer.

Contents
  • Basic Aeration Consideration
  • System Components
  • Design Recommendations and Procedures
  • Additional Examples
  • Appendix: Storage volumes, densities and calculation
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Sprinkler Irrigation Systems
A complete reference that explains how to plan, design, and efficiently manage your produce irrigation system according to your needs. Also discussed is the water supply, the most important part of any irrigation system!

Useful to producers, students, agricultural consultants, engineers, equipment dealers, and government agencies.

Example worksheets included:
  • Center pivot design
  • Small acreage irrigation
  • Traveler irrigation system
  • Center pivot design for lagoon effluent
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Swine Nursery Facilities Handbook
Topics include
  • Housing and management options
  • Building layout and equipment
  • Manure handling systems
  • Environmental control systems
  • Utilities, and safety
More than 50 drawings and photographs of building layouts and equipment—including configurations for manure handling systems and designs for environmental control systems—tables and examples are included.
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Designing Facilities for Fertilizer and Pesticide Containment
This handbook emphasizes planning and designing pesticide and fertilizer containment facilities and provides engineering and planning information.

Topics:
  • Regulations
  • Site selection
  • Functional system design
  • Pesticide and fertilizer storage
  • Secondary containment
  • Mixing/loading facilities and equipment
  • Worker safety
  • Concrete
  • Remodeling facilities
  • Emergency planning
  • Waste disposal
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Farm Shop Plans
Looking to add a shop to your farm operation? Farm Shop Plans provides the information that is needed to plan, build or simply prepare you for what it takes to build a farm shop.

Includes floor plans, cross sections, and construction details for four shop sizes—24' x 32', 32' x 40', 40' x 48', 48' x 56'.

Topics:
  • Preplanning and layout
  • Materials and equipment
  • Utilities, construction details, and furnishings
  • Accident prevention and the environment
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Sheep Housing and Equipment Handbook

This informative handbook includes

  • Planning considerations
  • Barn types, placement, and layout
  • Manure management
  • Feed storage and handling
  • Treating and handling facilities
  • Equipment for raising orphan lambs
  • Needed utilities and construction materials.
Also featured are a summary data chart, 19 tables, 110 figures, a glossary, references, and a conversion chart for areas and volumes.
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Livestock Waste Facilities Handbook
This handbook emphasizes waste facilities planning and design.

Topics include:
  • Waste Disposal Overview
  • Animal Waste Characteristics
  • Collection and Transport to Storage
  • Handling Open Lot Waste
  • Liquid-Solid Separation
  • Manure Storage
  • Biological Treatment
  • Pumps
  • Land Application Techniques
  • Animal Waste Utilization
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Swine Farrowing Handbook
Planning, design factors, animal environment, manure management, utilities, construction, and remodeling are major topics of this work.

Concepts from nine MWPS farrowing building plans plus space use guidelines, layout alternatives, and construction techniques are featured.
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Heating, Cooling, and Tempering Air for Livestock Housing
Heating, Cooling and Tempering Air for Livestock Housing discusses the implications of combining ventilating systems with supplemental heating and cooling systems in farm and livestock buildings.

Includes
  • heating by way of radiant heaters, floor heat, unit space heaters
  • tempering through air blending, heat exchangers
  • earth tub heat exchangers
  • cooling with ventilation, air circulation, evaporation, and air conditioning systems
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Mechanical Ventilating Systems for Livestock Housing
Mechanical Ventilating Systems for Livestock Housing is a complete guide that will help in evaluating existing systems. It looks at alternative systems, and has a section on troubleshooting to help diagnose problems.

Handbook includes
  • air requirements
  • insulation
  • fan types
  • controls
  • maintenance
Applications and examples are provided for beef, dairy, calves, equine, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine.
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Designs for Glued Trusses
Discusses planning, building, and erecting clear-span gable roof trusses.

Featured are:
  • 78 truss selection tables, with data for trusses With 20' to 60' spans
  • 3/12, 4/12, and 5/12 slopes
  • 2', 4', and 8' spacings
  • 0, 5, and 8 psf ceilings
  • Roof loads from 12 to 100 psf
  • Lumber grades of 1,100f, 1,400f, and 1,600f
Maximum allowable roof loads are given for each truss design.

DISCLAIMER
Because this book presents truss plans that are based on old or outdated building codes, these plans are to be used only as conceptual information. Neither MWPS nor any of the cooperating land-grant universities or their respective agents or employees have made and do not hereby make any representation, warranty, or covenant with respect to the specifications for the trusses described in this book.
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Farm and Home Concrete Handbook
Farm and Home Concrete Handbook provides detailed information about concrete for your farm or home. It emphasizes slabs on the ground, such as driveway or livestock feedlot floors. You will learn what cement is and how the ingredients in concrete work together.

Filled with illustrations and examples this publication describes and shows all major aspects of building with concrete on the farm—estimating, ordering, site preparation, forming, placing, reinforcing, finishing, curing, weather precautions. Designs and construction instructions for walls, silos, and other structures are provided. Appendixes offer more information, instructions, and designs.
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Natural Ventilating Systems for Livestock Housing
Natural Ventilating Systems for Livestock Housing provides guidelines for applying ventilation basics to achieve naturally ventilated farm and livestock buildings.

This handbook provides helpful suggestions for selecting a system based on building type, site, and orientation. Examples of ventilating systems that are unique beef, dairy, horses, and poultry.

Includes
  • building types and factors such as roof slopes, openings, building orientation, wall, eave, and ridge openings
  • insulation and moisture problems
  • birds and rodents
  • troubleshooting with tools
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Beef Housing and Equipment Handbook
Beef Housing and Equipment Handbook includes ag engineering recommendations for beef producers for design and operation of buildings, and feedlot finishing.

Specific Topics:
  • Farmstead planning
  • Building construction and materials
  • Ventilation
  • Cow-calf and cattle feeding facilities
  • Feed storage processing and handling
  • Water and waterers
  • Utilities
  • Manure management
  • Fences and gates
Detailed tables, figures, and plans aid understanding and serve as design sources.
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Structures and Environment Handbook
This handbook contains every aspect of constructing agricultural buildings, with clear explanations and illustrations. A classic with agriculture engineers. Used in hundreds of classrooms!

  • Loads
  • Materials and Selection
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Planning
  • Environmental Fundamentals
  • Waste Management
  • Utilities
CAUTION AND DISCLAIMER
Portions of this book, especially those dealing with structural design, are based on old or outdated building codes. Neither MWPS (MidWest Plan Service) nor any of the cooperating land-grant universities or their respective agents or employees have made and do not hereby make any representation, warranty, or covenant with respect to the specifications for structural design described in this book. Use at your own risk!
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Solar Livestock Housing Handbook
Solar fundamentals, system flow diagrams, controls, ventilation, and design are covered in this well-illustrated, two-color handbook, which also shows 11 solar collectors and livestock structures. Appendixes contain solar data, terms, and additional information.
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Low Temperature and Solar Grain Drying Handbook
Explained here is everything needed to understand airflow and solar grain drying for the North Central United States. Drawings, diagrams, and plans are included.
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