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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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The Oct. 1, 2017 issue of Progressive Dairyman features Tom McClellan of McClellan Farms Inc. who achieves an average milking time of 3.9 minutes per cow. See images of his operation below. (Photos by Julie Ashton.)

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With an average milking time of 3.9 minutes per cow, 87,000 somatic cell count (SCC) and 89-pound herd average, Tom McClellan of McClellan Farms Inc. has found a successful formula to producing extremely superior milk.

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Dairyman Terry Ketterling wanted to lower breakeven costs for his 10,500-cow dairy. He could have built another milk barn, filled it with cows and stretched his fixed costs over more animal units.

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Moving calves around the farm used to be a stressful task for Cassie Zirbel of Ledge-Rock Holsteins in Greenleaf, Wisconsin, until she decided to stop struggling with the halters and trade them in for a solution that would relieve stress on both her and her calves.

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I am often asked, “How can I get more cows through my parlor?” This is a very common question, as the economics of dairying are getting tougher. Another huge issue facing dairymen is that labor to milk cows is harder to find, and the labor is coming at a premium price.

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When it comes time to add new equipment to your dairy farm, there are many factors to consider. Do you want to buy or lease the machine?

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