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Combating lameness on dairy farms is a complex issue – and for many farms, days with zero lameness may seem unattainable.

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Editor’s note: This article is the second in a four-part series about how an Oregon dairy farmer is making robots work on a grazing system. Read the first story "How we milk 3 times a day with robots for success".

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Situation No. 1

Like most farmers, you keep old equipment around since it still has some useful life left in it. You applied this mindset last year when you bought your wife a new SUV and kept her old one with 300,000 miles on it as a “spare.”

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Ah, yes. The conversation every manager will have many times throughout their careers. Employees ask for a raise, constantly. What’s a person to do? When it comes to working through this conversation, you have a few options. In this instance, prevention is key.

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Bunching of animals is a common problem on dairy farms during summer months. Cows in freestall barns sometimes congregate together in one part of the barn, with ample free space not being utilized.

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Manure contains essential nutrients for forage crop growth. How and when it is applied will impact its use by alfalfa, grass and corn silage crops.

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