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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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Automatic milking systems, also called robotic milking machines, offer the potential to milk cows more frequently when compared with a conventional parlor system that must rely on hired or family labor. More frequent milking may in turn generate more milk when paired with consistent milking intervals.

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Most of us remember the medical emergency system commercials from the 1990s with the elderly lady calling out “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

Would you ever receive these types of calls from within your freestall barns if your cows had some type of medical emergency system from which they could call you? Unfortunately, in many older freestall barns, these calls would probably be fairly frequent.

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Have you started planning out the rest of this year? Even though it just began, it’s not too early to be ahead of the game.

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The world today seems to be moving at an increasingly rapid pace. Agriculture has seen more challenging times to remain profitable and sustainable. This pressure can affect our decisions when designing, building or modifying dairy facilities that can influence cow comfort.

Providing adequate cow comfort has a direct impact on milk production, health, reproduction, longevity and profitability. This article will focus on some of the key areas including stall design, bedding, overcrowding and flooring.

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The battery, starter and alternator are the three electrical team players. Without them, nothing will happen. In past columns, we have discussed the battery and the starter. Now we’ll move on to alternators.

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Don Penner hesitates when asked about the biggest advantage of the robot milkers in Benner Holsteins’ new barn. He hesitates not because of problems in the barn, but rather because he is not sure which feature brings the greatest advantage.

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