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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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Lely opened its North American manufacturing facility in Pella, Iowa, in 2012. It is one of three manufacturing facilities in the world. It produces weigh floors, cow brushes and central units, in addition to assembling automated milking systems.

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An automatic milking system (AMS) or robot is an advanced and well-working technology for milking cows and takes the labour away from the actual milking process.

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Everyone is aware that cows with mastitis give less milk, but we usually only consider the milk loss of clinical cows and tend to overlook the losses due to subclinical cases.

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Ensuring that plants receive adequate nutrition is a critical component of a profitable yield, no matter which forage crop you produce.

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Forage equipment is traditionally used to harvest and package crops such as grass, alfalfa, triticale, wheat, barley, oats, corn and sorghum. When harvesting grass, alfalfa or triticale, the product is most often cut with a swather or mower.

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For more than a decade, Ray Bohacz has been tailoring his mechanical experience as an automobile engineer to help farmers with their own equipment. He operates a podcast and website dedicated to explaining how machinery works and how to diagnose it. Progressive Dairy Editor Walt Cooley recently interviewed him for Progressive Dairy’spodcast (Ray Bohacz: Machinery maintenance tips form the 'Hot Rod Farmer') to learn more about his background.

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