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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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For as long as we have milked cows, we have been challenged by mastitis. Despite decades of advancements in science and technology, mastitis remains a very complex disease.

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Situation No. 1

There is a good deal of coffee shop talk about higher ethanol blends in gasoline.

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This spring, I had the opportunity to serve as a juror for a civil trial in federal court.

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Solenoid valves are an essential part of any hydraulic system, and they can fail for many different reasons.

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While a blanket of snow covering the landscape may be a beautiful sight for some, it can also be a warning sign on some dairies if a building’s roof is not designed to handle heavy snowfall.

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Across the Northern Plains, when the thermometer plunges to -30ºF night after night and the northwest wind howls like a jet engine on takeoff, “strange things can happen” to dairy equipment – including even the latest automated technology, says Jon Qual of Qual Dairy, Lisbon, North Dakota.

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