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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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Machinery ownership and operation is a major crop and livestock production cost.

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  • Hydraulic pump = $600 to $2,400
  • Control valves = $400 to $600
  • Cylinders = $200 to $500
  • Clean the system with labor and repairs = $1,500-$4,000
  • Transmission rear axle and other related parts; overhaul parts and labor = $3,000 to $15,000

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Is the operator behind the wheel of your $100,000 tractor really qualified or capable of running that piece of machinery?

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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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