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“Animal welfare” and “cow comfort” have become popular buzz words around the industry. In some instances, dairy producers have been depicted as people who care more about their bottom line than the animal welfare and cow comfort it takes to properly care for and manage animals.

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Robotic milking embraces the basics in herd management and milk production, but other essential components like lifestyle, daily routines and housing facilities can and do vary.

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A pressing, and often overlooked, matter that poses a significant challenge on most of today’s dairy farms is maintaining cow comfort.

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Providing a comfortable, dry resting surface for lactating cows always may serve as the single-most critical success factor for managing a compost-bedded pack barn, according to findings from a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Cooperative Extensive Service study, “Compost Bedded Pack Barn Design Features and Management Considerations,” co-authored by Jeffrey Bewley, UK Animal and Food Sciences, Joe Taraba, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and colleagues.

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We all know that dehorning is painful. But have you thought about how calves feel after dehorning?

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Dairy farmers are committed to animal care. It is a fact that healthy, comfortable cows produce more milk – and of higher quality – and that a stressed cow will not meet her genetic potential.

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