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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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Freestall barns are constructed to provide cows with shelter from winter winds and summer solar radiation. But beyond that, for cows to meet their genetic production potentials and for farms to maximize profitability, cow comfort is of utmost importance.

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The farm equipment industry offers a wide variety of three-point- mounted and trailed types of granular fertilizer spreaders. Most brands of spreaders feature single or double spreading discs to deliver the product onto the field.

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This month’s VAS DC305 tip is on parlour performance. Using the parlour performance reports in DC305 helps you take advantage of many of the benefits of daily milk meters plus look for cows that fail to produce the expected amount of milk.

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Optimum dairy cow health and performance happens when the cow is given an optimal physical, nutritional and managerial environment in which to live and produce.

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It’s not only about the cost associated with building new infrastructure. It’s also about the cost, in lost potential, of continuing to utilize old facilities.

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Building a new freestall barn on your dairy is a major investment that requires careful planning and decision-making. One of those decisions is whether to move forward with a steel-frame or wood-frame barn.

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