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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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Looking for ways to add efficiency to the farm? Winter can be a great time to review the ventilation in your barn and make improvements.

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Quality milk starts with quality bedding. Bedding is a point of exposure for vulnerable teat ends and a reservoir of growth for the bacteria that cause intramammary infections and subsequent spike in somatic cells.

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Preparing for a National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program evaluation can be beneficial in many ways, like getting records and protocols up-to-date and tracking the prevalence of lameness in the herd.

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Building a new barn without adding cows could be a tough sell to a lender, but for Oakwood Dairy in Auburn, New York, the investment in top-notch cow facilities is proving to be well worth the cost.

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When it comes to making milk, cows need one thing more than anything else: water. Milk is mostly water, so it goes without saying it is a vital element in terms of a cow’s nutrient needs.

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Solar power generation has grown dramatically in recent years, with the cost of solar installations falling by 70 percent since 2010. Many dairies are finding solar provides significant cost savings well worth the initial investment, especially when incentives, tax credits, rising electricity costs and financing are factored in.

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