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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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There are a good many lessons I learned hoeing tobacco. One thing I learned early on was: If you picked out the lightest hoe, so it would be easier to carry, you soon found out the lack of weight meant you had to work harder to cultivate the soil.

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Compact equipment technologies have changed dramatically over the years.

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A barn for milking cows is a complicated building that must fulfill both the needs of the cows and the people working. Lots of small details have to be coordinated to match perfectly.

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Having the peace of mind that your dairy facility is properly designed and engineered should be a priority to anyone in the industry.

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Not too long ago, we relied heavily upon natural ventilation for adult dairy cattle facilities, but in recent years a variety of mechanical and hybrid options have emerged that have the potential to improve ventilation performance.

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When you sit down to design your new freestall dairy, it is wise to consider your choice of ventilation early on in the process. The type of ventilation used will impact how the facility is designed to produce the optimal environment for your herd.

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