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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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After a long summer in the hayfield, it’s tempting to simply back haying equipment into the shed for the winter without giving it a second thought.

However, conducting a thorough end-of-season inspection and writing down maintenance needs while they are still top of mind can be time well spent.

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The most expensive of all maintenance repairs are those of a catastrophic failure. Catastrophic failures occur when a part on a piece of equipment fails completely and is often damaged beyond repair.

This can include engines, transmissions and hydraulic systems to name a few.

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Once cows were free animals that lived in groups and could decide when to stand up, when to walk and when to rest.

When resting, they of course chose quiet, ventilated spots that were soft and clean. Now dairy cows have a strict daily routine, mainly based on the rhythm of milking.

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There are enough teat dips and different teat dip formulations on the market to make your head spin (and kudos to whomever can pronounce the names of all the ingredients listed on a teat dip label).

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The power take-off (PTO) shaft is an efficient means of transferring mechanical power between farm tractors and implements.

This power transfer system helped to revolutionize North American agriculture during the 1930s. It is also one of the oldest and most persistent hazards associated with farm machinery. This article discusses several aspects of PTO safety.

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A cow’s comfort level affects her health, productivity and performance if not assessed routinely over time.

How are you gauging the comfort level of your cows, especially when it comes to the farm’s cow housing environment, particularly freestalls?

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