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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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Often when we think about putting time into proper operation, maintenance and tool safety, our thoughts turn to the expensive power tools at our disposal. While it certainly makes sense to take care of and take care with our powered friends, our hand tools need the same respect and care for optimal performance.

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Every dairy farmer knows the importance of keeping their milking parlour clean and hygienic to prevent mastitis cases and improve milk quality.

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Is it time to replace our parlour? That’s what Rick and Marleen Adams were wondering two years ago as they struggled to reduce a stubbornly high somatic cell count (SCC).

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No one seems to think much these days about the role the milk filter plays in producing high-quality milk. It’s probably fair to say most farmers don’t think about it at all.

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On most modern dairy operations, you will find an office with a computer. The computer is most likely running 24 hours a day and may be covered with some dust or fly scat.

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Milk yields are maximized when calm cows are milked with a consistent routine from one milking to the next and from one milker to the next.

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