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Lighting Impact on Dairy Cattle Fertility

What you may have considered a mere luxury in your barn could be affecting your cow’s fertility. Lighting is necessary when it comes to productivity in the dairy industry. Yields are important, but there’s another factor to consider – fertility. For a sustainable dairy industry, it’s vital to manipulate all factors that could affect fertility.  One of the most important factors is the lighting environment in the housing area.  The lighting environment involves the amount of light and the colour spectrum and how long it will stay lit. Impact Of Lighting on Fertility Rates in Dairy Cows Lighting in your

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The Importance of Clean Dairy Cow Stalls

Cows get “mooo-dy” without “udder” Compliance. If you want to maintain high-quality milk production, you should focus on cleanliness-Clean cows equal pure milk. Keeping the dairy barns clean is especially necessary for the modern units where cows stand close together. The main focus is on increased production. Why Is a Clean Dairy Stall Important? A clean stall in a dairy barn means reduced bacteria that can get to the livestock and cause diseases. Do you know how susceptible cows are to germs? One mistake can lead to fatality of the animal and, by extension, people like you who consume the

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Brisket Boards in Dairy Freestalls: Pros and Cons

Dairy cows are vulnerable to stress – both physical and emotional. If they aren’t comfortable and safe in their stalls, the whole dairy farm will suffer. The first step towards maintaining the health of a herd is to ensure its habitat is suitable. Modern farm shelters commonly include features that benefit the animal caretaker by changing the animals’ behavior. The owner must pay attention to the health and well-being of the cow. Not just for financial reasons but for ethical ones too. This post aims to examine how we may increase bovine welfare. We’ll investigate modern production techniques and materials,

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Ideal Lighting in Horse Exercise Arena

You can’t just stick random old bulbs in your horse exercise arena and expect it to do the job. Horses are unlike any other animals — capable of performing to a high level in competitive and sporting activities. Their training can range from early mornings to late evenings, so riding arenas need to feature suitable lighting and be well illuminated. An incorrect lighting system in your horse exercise arena can result in something too dim or too bright, putting horses and riders in danger with shadows and flickers. That’s not to mention replacing poor lighting repeatedly which can waste thousands

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How Free-stall Design Impacts Milk Production

Free-stalls have emerged as the dominant housing option for dairy cattle, replacing traditional tie-stall and stanchion barns to take the top spot. Typically comprised of stalls, cow traffic alleys, and feed alleys, they provide a clean, comfortable living space for dairy cows. Done correctly, they have enormous benefits for cow welfare and can lead to increased milk production. Free-stall Design Free-stall dimensions must be appropriate to accommodate a cow standing, resting, and rising without risk of injury or pain. Modern-day dairy cows are bigger than their milk-producing ancestors. As such, it’s important to ensure that stalls are big enough to

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How Lighting Conditions Impact Dairy Cow Reproduction

Lighting conditions are one of the most important environmental factors to get right in a dairy barn. Increasing the duration of light exposure for lactating cows increases milk production by up to 10%, but light levels also significantly impact reproduction. Therefore, when the ultimate goal is to get heifers into the milking herd and producing high-volume, high-quality milk as quickly as possible, the right lighting system is crucial. Lighting Systems for Dairy Cows Typically, two photoperiods (the duration of daily light exposure) are used commonly in the dairy industry, long-day lighting and short-day lighting. Long-day lighting – 16 hours of

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