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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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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…

LIVESTOCK

What's in Your Livestock Shed? visits £1.3m dairy unit

Andrew and Julie Thomas and their son, Richard, wanted a building that first and foremost provided a stress-free environment from their housed pedigree herd of high-yielding Holsteins. This they have…

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What's In Your Livestock Shed? Purpose-built calf housing

A purpose-built calf-rearing shed has bolstered youngstock health at a large-scale Welsh dairy farm. The 60-pen unit was designed by Matthew Jones, who runs Nantgoch Farm, Oswestry, with his parents,…

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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…

LIVESTOCK

Claw horn lesions: what they are, the causes and treatment

Lameness, usually caused by injury or disease to the foot or leg, has the potential to affect an entire herd. Losses arise from treatment, decreased yields, reduced fertility and longevity…

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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…

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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…