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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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Over the last two decades, initially through improvements in feeding and nutrition and subsequently through facility design changes and enhanced management, we have seen positive progress in early lactation milk performance and health improvements in those farms that have chosen to embrace these changes.

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The job isn’t over just because the temperatures drop. Harsh winter weather can have a harsh impact on your equipment, especially without the right maintenance.

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Since the farm’s inception in 1958, Bosdale Farms has expanded to accommodate their large family, added a farrow-to-finish commercial pork operation and converted their herd from Ayrshires to Red Holsteins to the purebred Holsteins they have come to be known for.

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Have you ever noticed that on some dairies, milking units are not as clean as on other dairies? Some of this may be related to how often they are cleaned, but there can be other factors at play as well.

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“What is my somatic cell count (SCC)?”
“How can I lower my SCC?”
“My cell count is going up; it must be the dip.”

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From our experience working with dairies and in our work developing milking products, we’ve seen that choosing a liner as a business decision ultimately comes down to two main things: cost per milking and health of the herd.

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