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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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When building a new freestall barn, what seems like a small decision in the designing phase can make or break efficiency later on. On the other hand, a few simple tweaks can save time and stress after the barn is built.

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Tunnel ventilation was originally introduced in the 1980s primarily as a solution to address bird mortality issues due to higher bird weights and densities in older, underventilated broiler chicken barns.

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Since auto-wrap was introduced in the late 70s, the basic setup has not changed. Some of the parts have evolved, but serve the same function as prior designs. The auto-wrap tying system is a totally mechanical operation, so all actions are started and completed by machine-driven parts.

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At one end of the scale there’s the gargantuan service truck. It has more neat stuff on board than most people have in their shop.

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Okay now, first things first. I do know the difference between “weather” and “whether.”

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Is a new milking system in your future? Whether you’re thinking about a new parlour or robots, you expect your new system to meet your goals and provide return on investment (ROI).

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