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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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In urban planning, cities have a master plan to develop their land use for decades ahead. Certain areas are reserved for housing, industry, parks and shopping areas. New roads are located before they are built.

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With the recent pandemic paralyzing the world economy and affecting the majority of households, the threat of disease in the dairy industry has large potential in regard to animal housing.

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Open space is an important feature of a lying environment to dairy cattle, as this allows them to more easily lie down and stand up and to adopt different lying postures.

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Over the last two decades, initially through improvements in feeding and nutrition and subsequently through facility design changes and enhanced management, we have seen positive progress in early lactation milk performance and health improvements in those farms that have chosen to embrace these changes.

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The job isn’t over just because the temperatures drop. Harsh winter weather can have a harsh impact on your equipment, especially without the right maintenance.

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Since the farm’s inception in 1958, Bosdale Farms has expanded to accommodate their large family, added a farrow-to-finish commercial pork operation and converted their herd from Ayrshires to Red Holsteins to the purebred Holsteins they have come to be known for.

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