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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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Ventilation systems are divided into two main types: natural and mechanical ventilation systems. These are then subdivided into four types: natural, tunnel (where the air flows parallel to feedlane), hybrid (typically a tunnel-barn design with the option to naturally ventilate in the winter) and cross-ventilation (where the air flows perpendicular to the feedlane).

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While the heat stress season is behind us, now is the time to evaluate current heat abatement efforts and look into improvements for the coming year, particularly regarding circulation fans.

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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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