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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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Alfalfa is a power-packed ingredient in cattle rations, especially for the dairy producer. Yet this crop can add more uncertainty to the ration than any other ingredient. That’s because alfalfa’s relative feed value (RFV) can vary drastically.

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A few days ago, friends on a Facebook group page were discussing the best way to create a substitute gasket for an antique tractor. All manner of methods and materials were cussed and discussed.

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To understand the motivation and evaluate risk factors of implementing automated milking in large dairies, a survey was conducted by Dr. Daniela Bruno, Dr. Camila Lage and Dr. Fernanda Ferreira at the University of California, and Dr. Marcia Endres at the University of Minnesota.

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We’ve all heard those diesel pickups pulling away from a parking lot – black smoke rolling with the distinctive roar and whistle of a turbocharged diesel engine. Honestly, it is music to my ears, but I guarantee there are just as many (if not more) who frown upon the excess racket.

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For people with jobs that require them to stand for long periods of time on hard floors or concrete, anti-fatigue mats are often placed at the feet of their workstation.

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Summer is just around the corner and with it high temperatures, humidity and heat stress. According to a 2019 Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research study, the U.S. dairy industry experiences $1.5 billion in losses annually due to heat stress.

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