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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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In the difficult times we are currently facing, expansion opportunities may be on hold or even canceled, but do they need to be? Could automatic milking still be the next step for your facility?

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Labor savings is a primary goal of automatic milking system barn design. Excellent cow comfort and welfare also provide for healthy and productive cows.

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Not too long ago, we relied heavily upon natural ventilation for adult dairy cattle facilities, but in recent years a variety of mechanical and hybrid options have emerged that have the potential to improve ventilation performance.

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Good fences make good neighbors. Good fences also serve as “curb appeal” for your farmstead. I sometimes find myself in the unenviable role of a farm business analyst and, frankly, one of the first observations I make about the future prospects of a farm is the state of its fences.

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Ensuring that plants receive adequate nutrition is a critical component of a profitable yield, no matter which forage crop you produce. Nutrients come from a variety of mineral or synthetic fertilizer sources, and many producers also rely on organic materials including manure and compost.

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Forage quality is critical to a producer’s operation. The quality of forage – good or bad – will affect an operation’s bottom line.

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