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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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Following two industry presenters on topics relating to robotic milking, two Midwest dairy producers took the floor to talk about their first-hand experience in using automated milking systems.

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Just as in traditional facilities, cows spend their day in a robotic barn eating, milking and resting. But when these daily behaviors are interrupted or restricted, neither the cows nor the robots perform at their peak.

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Engine emissions trends over recent years have driven machine innovation – stricter emission regulations, new fuels, common-rail fuel systems and the need for cleaner fuel are all driving the need for improved filtration technology.

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Scientists at the College of William and Mary are using sound waves to interfere with birds’ ability to communicate about food sources and predators, resulting in flocks leaving the premises.

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Sand bedding is known to be great for cow comfort and tough on equipment, especially when it comes to the moving parts and pieces of a robotic milking system, but there are a few things dairy farmers can to do minimize wear and tear.

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Brooks Farms in Waupaca, Wisconsin, wanted their new milking parlor and barn to have a welcoming feeling. Zoey Brooks opens up the doors to show how they incorporated dairy heritage into the design, including old milking units transformed into lights. Also, see an innovative ventilation design in the freestall barn using high-speed/low-velocity fans.

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