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Whether using a tie stall, freestall, dry lot or pasture, here are some tips for cow comfort and maintaining farm facilities and equipment.


Typical alkaline detergents are effective in water temperatures from 76°C down to 49°C and, in most CIP situations, that’s an acceptable range.

However, when called to diagnose CIP system issues, we more often than not find that water temperatures are inadequate at the end of the cleaning cycle to fully clean the system.

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In late June, the Precision Dairy Conference brought together dairy producers that utilize each of the five robotic milking systems that are now commercially available in North America. Read about how they’ve changed their farms and management systems to adopt this emerging technology.

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Often we hear from a dairy farmer that he has switched liners out due to some issue he is having on his dairy.

In many cases, this is the wrong decision, and liner changing is just being used as a Band-Aid solution to some hidden problem.

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Equipment maintenance and repair is necessary to avoid downtime and to minimize major repairs.

However, maintaining and repairing machines can lead to serious injury.

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Failure to maintain proper coolant can result in engine overheating, engine cylinder liner cavitation (pitting), water pump failures, corrosion, coolant contamination of the lube system and loss of coolant.

Most manufacturers recommend testing annually or at specified hour intervals, such as every 500 hours.

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Editor’s note: The following article is the first in a series of articles regarding current heat stress research and heat abatement techniques.

As temperatures are beginning to rise, now is the time to start thinking about heat stress in your herd and ways to mediate this problem on your dairy operation.

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