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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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How low can you go? That’s what producers are asking after installing a new oval-barrel milking liner designed to operate at very low vacuum levels while maintaining milking speed.

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Choosing a liner is a complex and difficult task – and an extremely important one. Liners have a huge impact on teat-end health as well as parlour efficiency.

Often a particular liner is settled on by a trial-and-error process. With so many liner designs and choices, this process can be quite lengthy. I will attempt to describe the most popular types of liners available.

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Farms may have the most diverse list of air curtain (or air door) uses than perhaps any other application.

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Somebody somewhere along the line once told me, “You’re either going to make monthly payments on a new machine, or you’re going to pay for parts and repair if you choose to depend on previously used equipment.”

Spanning my 40-some years experience of buying, selling and remanufacturing, I have found this to be a consistently true scenario.

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There have been many discussions about the economics of robotic milking systems, many of them even questioning their profitability and viability.

Today, more than two decades after the first commercial automatic milking systems (AMS) started in Europe, the technology has proven to be equal or more efficient than conventional milking systems (CMS), not only in terms of productivity but also profitability.

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Before we know it, spring will be here again, begging us to get back into our crop fields. Having our equipment ready and able to handle the task requires some advanced planning and scheduling of check-ups, tune-ups and routine maintenance.

Truthfully though, as costs continue to rise, it is easy to forego these expenses and try to stretch a few more hours out of the old tractor, chopper or baler.

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