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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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The milk and other dairy products we consume today are produced by dairy animals – mostly cows.

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Key to the consistent success of the modern dairy is the profitable production of high-quality milk.

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As temperatures warm in spring, you may check fans and the sprinkler system so they work for the hot, sticky days of summer.

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Most dairy cows are now housed indoors for most, if not all, of their lives. Very few cows are moved to pasture or dirt lots during the dry period or when weather permits.

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Although it does not always seem like it, there is a lot of science that goes into milking cows these days.

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At recent dairy production workshops sponsored by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, Dr. Joe Harner, Kansas State University, offered Minnesota dairy producers a look at how high- producing cows spend their time.

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