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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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When you sit down to design your new freestall dairy, it is wise to consider your choice of ventilation early on in the process. The type of ventilation used will impact how the facility is designed to produce the optimal environment for your herd.

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Some years back, the typical self-propelled forage harvester offered 300 to 600 horsepower. Fast-forward roughly 20 years. Forage harvester designs evolved with the times and now offer upward of 1,000 horsepower or more.

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Today’s wheel loaders have never been easier to operate and maintain. They’re also designed with many enhancements similar to those you’ve come to expect in your pickup truck.

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Guided-flow or free-flow cow traffic is an important question to ask in the design and management planning of any automated milking system adoption.

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Driven by a need to upgrade milking facilities and reduce dependence on labor, three different dairy farms opted for automated milking.

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The planning, building and start-up of a new (or retrofit, rebuild or extension) milking parlor is a uniquely exciting, challenging and stressful event. Financial deadlines are real. Construction fatigue is real.

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