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Dairy housing, handling and milking parlours are areas of major investment for a farm business. Read about the key developments in dairy buildings, robot milkers, cubicle design, bedding, hygiene, ventilation systems, calf housing and handling equipment including crushes, crates and weigh scales.

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WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What's In Your Livestock Shed? visits £130,000 cubicle shed

Hiring an entire milking herd has nearly doubled cow numbers at a Pembrokeshire dairy farm, but with expansion came winter housing challenges. For father and son Geraint and Simon John…

DAIRY

How £2.5m dairy unit is improving dry cow management

Good management during the dry period is crucial to promote cow welfare and ensure the profitability of dairy cows in the following lactation. The College of Agriculture Food & Rural…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How a dairy farmer has integrated robots and grazing cows

Installing a milking robot has freed up time for the Norton family to get better at grazing management and to design a system that maximises milk from forage on their…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What's in your shed? visits a £550,000 Kentucky dairy shed

Set on the fringes of Lexington, the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Dairy unit is a fount of research for dairy health efficiencies. In the pursuit of cow comfort, the university…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What's In Your Livestock Shed visits a £1.2m dairy new build

The Symms had reached the point so many farming families do – the “all in or all out” crossroads. Their old farm buildings were crumbling around them and the cows…

LIVESTOCK

How UK herd achieved world top 10 ranking for milk yield

While many farmers are moving to grass-based systems to lower costs, one family farm in Shropshire has decided to do the complete the opposite in order to future-proof their dairy…

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HOUSING AND HANDLING

Advice on lighting dairy sheds to lift milk production

From feed sources to cow comfort, there are number of factors which influence milk production in dairy cattle. Among them is lighting, which – when designed properly – is said…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

6 tips on combining grazing with robotic milking

While robotic milking is becoming increasingly attractive to farmers looking to address labour challenges, more milk buyers are also stipulating that cows must be grazed. So, how do you combine…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

7 ways to improve cow flow at milking

There’s nothing more frustrating than having to stop milking to go and push cows into the parlour, but have you ever stepped back and seriously asked yourself why cows are…

DAIRY

5 things to consider when choosing your milking liners

The milking machine is one of the few pieces of technology that comes in to direct contact with dairy cows on a regular basis. The liners inside the shells of…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

4 steps to assess your dairy building’s ventilation

Well-designed and ventilated buildings are key to good animal performance.  Buildings don't have to be brand-new or cost a fortune to meet the right standards. Small tweaks can be made…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

5 essential ingredients for good calf housing

Before deciding on the best calf housing there are five key areas that must be considered to ensure the calf is kept in the best environment. Below Jamie Robertson at…

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What's in Your Livestock Shed? visits a £1.36m robotic dairy

Agri-EPI Centre opened the doors of its state-of-the-art £1.36m robotic dairy unit in Somerset last week. Farmers and allied industries were given the first glimpse of the highly anticipated South…

LIVESTOCK

How to choose the right winter bedding for dairy cows

Is one bedding system better than an other in terms of cow health and production? Research carried out by the University of Wisconsin suggests not. Trial work looking at 16…