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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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Providing a dry comfortable resting area for dairy cattle is essential to their health.

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If your implement isn’t working, some people want to unhook the coupler and work the remote levers under the implement housing while looking directly into it.

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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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