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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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Sometimes simple questions are the hardest to answer, like what is a farm truck (FT)? Is that any truck on a farm property? Is it a pickup truck? Can it be an SUV? A semitractor trailer? A flatbed with a fifth wheel? Is it just in the eye of the beholder? It’s not as simple as that, of course.

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No one knows what the future holds. That’s not news to anyone; that’s Biblical, for goodness’ sake. It is also true that while the future is uncertain, change is inevitable – and change is not always for the good, at least not good for all.

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When it comes to forage harvesters, regular maintenance is the best way to extend the life of the machine and avoid downtime and costly repairs. The off-season is the ideal time to perform upkeep on your machinery; however, experts recommend that regular maintenance and best practices be executed throughout the season for optimal forage harvester performance.

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Situation No. 1

You are thinking about investing in another self-propelled sprayer for the farm. You do not want to buy a new one since this unit will only be used for foliar feeding and fungicide application.

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When you sit down to design your new freestall dairy, it is wise to consider your choice of ventilation early on in the process. The type of ventilation used will impact how the facility is designed to produce the optimal environment for your herd.

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Some years back, the typical self-propelled forage harvester offered 300 to 600 horsepower. Fast-forward roughly 20 years. Forage harvester designs evolved with the times and now offer upward of 1,000 horsepower or more.

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