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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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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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