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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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I know a boy and a father that were killed in rollovers, a boy that was wrapped up and killed in a PTO and another guy that had his arm messed up in a PTO. I barely pulled a small boy out of the way of the tractor his father was driving. The father didn’t know his son had followed him out and was standing in front of the tractor. There are many such cases and accidents that change families all over the country because someone wasn’t careful or aware of their surroundings. Safety is an often overlooked aspect of equipment management. However, it’s a topic that can have major consequences on you, the operator and your business.

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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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