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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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Understanding the many components that make up a milking vacuum system and recognizing how vacuum function integrates with the entire milking system is key to achieving an optimal milk harvest.

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Providing a comfortable environment for the animals under our care is fundamental to what it means to be a good dairy farmer and is something we take pride in as an industry.

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I don’t think it comes as any surprise that the best way to fix a problem is to not have it in the first place.

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I’ve been fortunate to help hundreds, maybe more than a thousand, farmers plan and design robotic milking facilities and now more than ever we are able to seriously consider, if not fully implement, non-lactating and transition heifer and cow management into the plans.

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With thousands of robots in place on North American dairies, barn layouts and designs are becoming more diverse. The key to robot success is for the producer to be passionate about the barn layout and make sure the design fits the goals of the dairy.

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When you are looking to design a new facility, or modify an existing one, it’s not as simple as just picking option A or option B.

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