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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 it comes to the adoption of automated milking systems there is still more to be learned.

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Note: This information applies specifically to the New Holland BR Series balers.

Most net issues are mechanical in nature. The two most common causes are dull knives and insufficient brake tension against the roll of net.

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Spring tillage offers a number of benefits to help get the planting season off to a successful start. Given the narrow planting window, proper preparation and maintenance of your tillage equipment is essential to making sure it is field ready and will function correctly.

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The last thing a dairy producer wants is a barn full of birds that steal expensive feed, damage facilities and spread disease. That is why including bird deterrents in the barn design phase is critical to keeping costly pests out of the dairy cows’ environment.

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Grotegut Dairy in Newton, Wisconsin, is always photo-ready. As the Wisconsin Farm Discovery Center’s designated tour partner, the 2,700-cow dairy welcomes several daily bus tours filled with visitors from the nearby agriculture educational centre.

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Consumers continue to pressure the dairy industry for facility improvements that promote natural animal behaviours, including freedom of movement and socialization, and researchers are learning how to adapt dairy facilities to reflect those desires.

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