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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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Getting more mileage out of every investment is a common mindset during tough times.

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As we move into the hottest time of the year, it is important to reevaluate the effectiveness of your cooling system. Research from the University of Florida has shown 15 to 22 percent reductions in milk yield from summer heat stress as well as poor reproductive efficiency.

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Everyone has those fixer-upper projects in their operation that they would like to get finished one day. Sometimes those projects are just things you’ve put off getting around to; other times, they are necessary to-do items.

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Have you ever calculated the amount of water and energy used to maintain your milking facility and each of the practices you have decided to employ? Water and energy are required for a myriad of daily functions in the milking parlor, including equipment cleaning, sanitization, precooling milk and water heating for various uses.

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Dairy operations can be subdivided into sets of tasks. When these tasks are thought about individually, they are very simple. Collectively, these tasks represent the overall operation of successful dairy production.

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