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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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Dairy cows spend 12 to 14 hours a day lying down. Ensuring they have adequate space and comfort for lying leads to healthier, cleaner cows producing higher quality milk. Dairy farmers can achieve this by focusing on goals related to cows, management and comfort:

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We all know how expensive equipment is today. I often think back to the economic boom that was the 1970s in the dairy industry. One of my professors at Virginia Tech, the late William Etgen, called the ’70s the “Golden Age of Dairying,” and part of the outward signs of the truth of that term was the expansion of our equipment line on my home farm.

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No one seems to think much these days about the role the milk filter plays in producing high-quality milk. It’s probably fair to say most farmers don’t think about it at all.

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It still amazes us when we get onto a dairy that has all their milking data at the push of a button but is not using any of it.

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“Management makes milk” is a quote that resonates today more than ever. Discovering your operational strengths will allow you to chart the best course for your future.

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With more than 30 years of experience in farm planning and design to the complete delivery of turn-key projects, using state-of-the-art technology, we are now presenting our new concept of fully automated milking.

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