Dairy Costs Estimates-Dairy Modernization

Dairy modernization is defined here as the investment in facilities and technology to provide animal comfort and express the genetic potential of the herd to produce milk at a profit. Many farms are evolving from the tie/stanchion barn systems to a freestall or bedded pen barn and milking center.  The range of project investments is […]

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Transition Cattle Inside for Winter

A  number of factors must be considered when moving dairy heifers or beef cattle inside for the winter after being outside for part or all of the summer season. The type of housing needed will depend on the enterprise and purpose of the animal. Most farms have facilities or systems already in place. Cattle may […]

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Handle Transition Cows with Ease

Prompt and proper care during the transition period can be considered the foundation on which a cows builds a profitable lactation and provide a healthy replacement. In the May 25th issue of Hoard’s Dairyman, UW-Extension Dairy Engineer David Kammel and Dr. Gordon Jones describes facility designs to Handle Transition Cows with Ease.  This article is […]

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Nine Considerations for Transition Cow Housing

Research and field experience tell us that an important design principle is to provide more than adequate access to feed and resting space for transition cows. Extra feed and resting space and wider traffic lanes all help provide optimal cow comfort and minimize the typical reduction in dry matter intake that occurs as cows go […]

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Resting is Important for Cows

It’s well-documented cows that are comfortable make more milk and stay in the herd longer. Cows will display many signs regarding their stress and comfort levels. Monitoring these signs and making adjustments when needed is important to achieving maximum production. In the May 2015 Wisconsin Agriculturist article Resting is Important for Cows, UW-Extension Green County […]

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