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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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April 15, 2018, is a day brothers Chad and Darren Van Camp say they will never forget. Not because it was the annual income tax deadline but because it marked the most severe winter snowstorm either men had seen in their lifetimes.

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Just as parlors may be challenged by below-zero temperatures, robot barns are at risk of freezing too.

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Dave Bohnhoff’s frustration still surfaces when he recalls the dates of April 14-15, 2018. On those days, a heavy spring snowfall resulted in the collapse of numerous dairy barns in Wisconsin.

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When buying equipment for a freestall barn, all owners want equipment that will stand the test of time, bringing them the most value for the money spent.

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Most of us can relate to what happens when a man tries to get behind the steering wheel of a vehicle after a woman’s been driving. He has to slide the seat back.

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Regardless of the season, utility tractors are typically the workhorses in many operations. Keeping tractors serviced properly is time and money well spent to ensure efficient operation and peak performance.

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