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Barns & Equipment

Whether using a tiestall, freestall, dry lot or pasture, here are some tips for cow comfort and maintaining farm facilities and equipment.

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The year 1930 had more than its share of low points as the first full year of the Great Depression; however, it wasn’t all bad. History was made Nov. 13, 1930, when Borden Company unveiled the first rotary parlor.

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How clean is your kitchen?

The cleanliness of your kitchen is likely the furthest thing from your mind when you think about cleaning stalls for your dairy cows, but the two areas have a few things in common.

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Forage quality doesn’t increase after harvest, so what methods will ensure haylage yields are of optimum use to animals?

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Robots have made their way to the farm and are trending in rapid rates as dairy producers adopt the new technology to efficiently produce high-quality milk. Dr. Rick Watters, a senior extension veterinarian with Cornell University, shared the management benefits of automatic milk installations at the 2016 Dairy Practices Council Conference held in East Lansing, Michigan.

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I don’t believe there is any place colder than a large metal building on a cold, windy day. If they are oriented incorrectly to form a wind tunnel … oh my goodness, they are frigid. As we get older, our ability to keep warm diminishes, so keeping the farm shop warm on these chilly days helps us to not only be warm but also work more safely.

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Optimum dairy cow health and performance happens when the cow is given an optimal physical, nutritional and managerial environment in which to live and produce. These can be achieved through proper facility design.

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