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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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When discussing calf barn ventilation, invariably the topic of using four air exchanges per hour for cold-weather ventilation will come up. After all, we wouldn’t want “too much” of that cold air in the barn. Or would we?

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There exists hollow and empty barns, that once housed the lifeblood of a farm, and are now begging a return to useful service for the farm family.

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When the time comes and I head to the calf barn in the morning dressed in pants, a sweatshirt and a stocking hat but my afternoon feeding attire includes a t-shirt and shorts, this can only mean one thing: Spring has arrived.

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Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Achieving any significant accomplishment is not the result of luck or chance. The winning Stanley Cup team is not surprised they won. They know their reward is the result of great teamwork, good communication and, most importantly, from having a plan that was followed exactly as practiced.

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Labour savings is a primary goal of automated milking system barn design. Excellent cow comfort and welfare also provide for healthy and productive cows.

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When making a change as big as a new barn, you’ve been planning for years before even breaking ground.

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