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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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At the recent Precision Dairy Conference, Jason Troyer of RJT Dairy Farm in Centerville, Pennsylvania, spoke about his experience transitioning from milking 150 cows in a double-four parlor to milking 215 cows in a robotic milking system.

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Each year as the bottom drops out of the thermometer and winter storms begin to blow through, farmers come up with all kinds of creative ways to stay warm. Some of these strategies have the potential of exposing them, their families and employees to excessive levels of carbon monoxide (CO). In some cases, this exposure can prove to be deadly.

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If you’re thinking about making a few changes to your freestall bedding area, take an extra peek at some commonly overlooked areas to ensure you don’t miss something in the planning steps.

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When it comes to beach towels, long fibers are ideal for comfort and moisture absorption. The same goes for fiber bedding. Long fibers help absorb moisture and reduce bacteria growth.

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A unique observation deck at Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pennsylvania, gives visitors a true birds-eye view of Amish country – from atop a silo.

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A common malady we encounter when owning and operating farm trucks and equipment is fluid leaks. Today’s trucks and equipment are more sophisticated and complex than ever before.

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