Positive Pressure Ventilation Ducts for Nursery Calf Barns

Although individual calf hutches are the industry’s preferred housing for pre-weaned calves, dairy operators continue to build calf barns to address the discomfort and inconvenience of cold weather, snow and rain for the calf raiser.  Regardless of the type of housing provided, the facility must meet certain criteria to provide a healthy environment and optimize […]

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Ideal Wisconsin Calf Pen

Many choices exist when selecting calf housing.  Although individual calf hutches are the industry’s preferred housing for the pre-weaned calf, dairy operators continue to build calf barns to address the discomfort and inconvenience of cold weather, snow and rain for the calf raiser.  Choosing the right one for your operation depends on the environment and […]

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Freestall Doctor

Improving cow comfort has been shown to provide large increases in milk yield, cow health and reduced cull rates of under producing cows.  Over the years animal size has increased and confinement systems have evolved so that many producers have to decide if remodeling their freestalls can improve cow comfort and reduce undue cull rates […]

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Optimizing Respiratory Health in Calf Barns

As dairy farms grow and expand their milking herd numbers, so does the dairy replacement herd.  With eight percent of the total number of cows represented by pre-weaned calves, the number of calves for operations 500 cows and larger can be a minimum of 40 calves on milk at one time.  With more calves to […]

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Lighting Technology: LED Lamps for Farm

The design and management of a farm’s lighting system greatly affects its energy efficiency.  Upgrading lighting fixtures will often give the best return on investment to reduce energy costs.  Replacing older lamps with energy-efficient lamps will reduce energy consumption and often improves the quality of the lighting. For more than forty years, lighting emitting diodes, […]

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