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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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Editor’s note: This is the first article in a two-part series. Click here to read the second part.

The milking parlour – one of the highest cost pieces of equipment on the farm – runs multiple times a day, every day, all year.

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From cow to farmer to worker, everyone involved in a dairy operation benefits from proper lighting.

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Steve Derksen has some high-performance hobbies, and he has brought aspects from the racetrack to the farm.

Last year, the dairyman from Chilliwack, British Columbia, upgraded from an outdated double-four milking parlour to a brand new robotic system.

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A forage harvester owner might ask, “How can I get my harvester and corn head ready to chop?” The few hours spent inspecting and doing preventative maintenance on a pull-type or self-propelled forage harvester and its head will pay off by getting a harvester in the field quickly when the crop is ready and then minimizing expensive downtime and costly repairs during harvest.

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Over the years, if you’ve owned a small square baler, chances are you’ve probably had problems with knotters not tying. So here is a general guide to help deal with this unexpected challenge which always seems to happen with a full crop in the field.

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On June 6, 2012, Harry and Celeste Byce’s farm life changed forever. A fire destroyed their tiestall barn, silos and most of their herd. They spent the remainder of that summer looking at barns and the fall and winter drawing up plans.

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