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Dan F. McFarland

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Facilities and Cow Comfort

Dan F. McFarland
Senior Extension Educator in Agricultural Engineering, Penn State Cooperative Extension

Dan McFarland


Area of Expertise
Dan McFarland is a Senior Extension Educator with Agricultural Engineering program responsibilities in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties. Educational program emphasis is related animal shelter and environmental systems. He works closely with county Extension educators, and dairy and livestock producers on issues related to new animal shelter design and existing facility improvement. Educational efforts include farmstead design and layout, ventilation system design and management, animal comfort, stall design, feeding area design, animal cooling, watering systems, and manure collection and transfer. In addition to his regular duties he has written articles for national dairy publications, prepared papers for ASAE and NRAES conferences, and been an invited speaker at industry sponsored seminars on topics related to cow comfort and animal shelter design.


Academic Training

MS 1989 Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering
BS 1988 Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering
AAS 1978 S.U.N.Y. at Cobleskill Agricultural Engineering

Professional Experience

1989 – Present Extension Educator, Penn State Cooperative Extension
1988 – 1989 Graduate Assistant, Iowa State University
1978 – 1985 Sales Engineer, Clay Equipment Corporation

Honors and Awards
Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association Extension Award, 2004
NACAA Distinguished Service Award, 2003
NACAA Communication Award, National Winner, 2002



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