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TECHNOLOGY

Learn how to manage and work with the newest technologies developed for the dairy industry, from robotic milking to high tech feeding options.

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As crops come off the fields, it will be time to start emptying manure storage and hauling the “black gold” back and forth to the fields.

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“Water seems to be the last frontier for dairy,” says Simon Stelfox, Water 4 Dairy general manager.

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Over the last decade, milking methods have changed substantially.

Where our grandparents were milking by hand, we now have the ability to choose between a variety of milking methods – from tiestall setting, to parlour milking and, as of more recently, robotic milking.

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As herd sizes grow larger, it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep tabs on what is happening with each and every cow.

But even a herd of one would struggle to know what is happening inside that cow.

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A new synthetic zeolite feed additive that binds to calcium in dry cow feed and helps prevent milk fever is grabbing attention in Canada.

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Add water. Whisk in milk powder. Lift. Carry. Repeat. This process can carry on and on, and just when a calf feeder thinks they are finished, they are reminded they get to do it all again in a matter of hours.

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