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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.


A cow’s comfort level affects her health, productivity and performance if not assessed routinely over time.

How are you gauging the comfort level of your cows, especially when it comes to the farm’s cow housing environment, particularly freestalls?

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"There is a lot you can tell about person just by looking at their shoes.” If this saying is really true, I believe there is a lot you can tell about mechanics by looking at their shops.

Recently, I was buying some used equipment and ended up making a drive to Middleton, Idaho. There, I purchased a used diesel engine for a good price. I was excited about the buy but even more excited when the seller took me in to his shop to show me the engine.

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Spring is here and, not surprisingly, diesel prices are trending upward. Taking time to implement a few simple management techniques can reduce farm fuel consumption and keep machinery running smoothly.

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There have been big changes at Holmdale Farms in the last several years, as fifth-generation farmer Todd Holm has gradually assumed day-to-day management, then ownership of the Bruce County, Ontario, dairy operation.

At first, Todd worked with his dad, George, then in 2000 he took over management, and purchased the operation in 2007.

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Is diesel fuel the same as it was 50 years ago? Do you receive the same quality of diesel fuel from one fueling station to the next? Is there a difference in some diesel fuels?

Historically speaking, diesel fuel was developed in the mid-1920s to meet the growing demands of the newly introduced diesel engines and vehicles.

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Grooming has considerable biological importance to cows. The most obvious importance is in reduction of the number of parasites and organisms on the cow’s coat.

However, there is more to grooming than just the obvious.

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