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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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Several indices have been used to assess the comfort and well-being of dairy cattle.

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Have you had your tractor start, but the steering or brakes don’t respond? Or maybe your steering is sluggish and the implements don’t work? Your hydraulic system is having problems. What can you do about it?

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This article was #3 in PDmag's Top 25 most-well read articles in 2010.

Summary: The Reed family of Jasper, Minnesota, was forced to quit dairying because they couldn’t overcome problems with stray voltage. Chuck Untiedt faced similar problems and made it his mission to educate other dairy producers about stray voltage and the benefits of using monitoring equipment.

Because this article was so popular, we asked Untiedt a follow-up question:

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Stray voltage can be an unseen enemy to the dairy farmer. The fact that it is unseen is partly what can make it so devastating.

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Before you ever start a tractor or piece of equipment you need to do a visual. Walk around and look at the machinery and try to recognize potential problems before they become major problems. A lot of people don’t know what to look for, so I am going to point out a few things that might be overlooked.

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What are your CIP goals? Better and faster cleaning. Less system damage. More efficiency. Environmental stewardship.

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