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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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Situation No. 1

The weather is getting cold tonight, and you are glad the heater in the combine works well. You have about another 20 acres of corn to go, and harvest is complete. You can almost feel that warm bed and soft pillow now.

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If you have been shopping for machinery lately, you may have noticed that a readily available piece of equipment is getting harder and harder to find. You may have noticed the same issue when it comes to farm tractor tires as well.

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In today’s world of maximizing yields while minimizing costs, everyone is searching for a better method of production and utilizing every resource to its fullest.

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The wish list of milking equipment upgrades can pile up: the latest technology, more data, increased automation – the list goes on.

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The July 19, 2021, issue of Progressive Dairycontained an article titled “Robot repairs: The solution or the problem?” The author, Ian Gallacher, brought up many good points from a producer’s perspective.

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Situation No. 1

Your brother lends you his 1-year-old ¾-ton diesel pickup truck to use for a few weeks while he’s on vacation. You are considering buying one, so you welcome the opportunity for the extended “test drive.”

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