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FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

Whether using a tie stall, freestall, dry lot or pasture, here are some tips for cow comfort and maintaining farm facilities and equipment.

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If you ask around, most dairy farms have some sort of ventilation system in their barn. These systems will vary from region to region and farm to farm. For some, it could be a simple naturally ventilated barn with sidewall curtains that allows the natural breeze into the facility. There may not be a single fan in the barn.

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Most tractor operators know proper ballasting is important to transfer as much engine power as possible to the drawbar. Exactly how to accomplish this ballasting, however, frequently remains a mystery.

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Mechanical ventilation in tunnel- and cross-ventilated barns can be well worth the resources it requires to maintain a controlled, comfortable environment, but there are a few questions to be addressed:

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“Helping a neighbour,” my dad used to say, “is the greatest church work you can ever do.” I remember when my wife and I started dating, I explained to her how we would help neighbours get their hay baled or corn picked.

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You rely on your TMR mixer each and every day to deliver a high-quality ration to your cows. But is your ration consistent each day? Are you routinely checking your mixer’s maintenance needs?

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There’s no doubt about it, winter weather can wreak havoc on the day-to-day operations of the farm. Ice and snow can make the simple task of walking 5 feet a treacherous one.

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