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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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You rely on your TMR mixer each and every day to deliver a high-quality ration to your cows. But is your ration consistent each day? Are you routinely checking your mixer’s maintenance needs?

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When it comes to inspecting your equipment’s vital parts, batteries “are” included. In fact, the battery is the single-most important part of all electrical components.

These components include the starter, alternator and even precision farming systems and software. Over the last three to five years, electrical component health has become more important due to the essential software, data and memory now stored on your equipment. If you lose power, not only will your tractor fail to start, but you might lose important information.

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Spreading hydrated lime where cows lay has been a common practice in the battle against mastitis since the 1940s.

This form of disinfecting and drying the area below the bedding barrier to protect teats and udders from pathogens worked very well in a 1960s-style tiestall barn.

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Selecting a grease to lubricate your farm machinery is almost as complicated as sifting through the myriad of motor oils on the market.

Generally speaking, greases don’t have the same issues with compatibility that you may experience with mixing motor-oil brands, due mainly to the additives present in different oils.

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Now is the ideal time to assess your equipment. It’s wise to do a full inspection of your equipment during the winter months so it will be ready to go in the spring.

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Winter is the season most associated with the issue of a dead car, truck or tractor battery. Indeed, even the way we purchase batteries for vehicles suggests this.

Cold-cranking amps (CCAs) are listed on many, if not all, batteries as a means to suggest the battery’s ability to crank a stubborn, cold-natured piece of equipment.

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