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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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Designed and managed properly, freestall shelters can be a good choice for growing dairy heifers.

The building footprint (square feet) and bedding requirement is less for a bedded-pack shelter for an equal number of animals.

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Cow-centred dairy farms include animal- and worker-friendly procedures and facilities for raising dairy replacements from birth to pre-calving.

They provide clean, dry and comfortable living spaces for these important animals and accommodate non-uniform calving rates and the changing animal needs based on age, weight, health and management. A variety of housing types and arrangements can be used to assemble a productive replacement raising system including:

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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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