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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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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…

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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…

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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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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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What's In Your Livestock Shed visits high-tech cow house

Finished in March this year, the dry cow house at Greenmount College in Antrim cost half a million pounds and completes the new £2.5m dairy unit constructed a few years ago.…

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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…

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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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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…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Building for better herd health: shed walls

The basic requirements of the livestock building roof are simple. It must keep out the rain, provide shade and it must breathe. However, the design requirements of walls are more…

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Top tips for improving your calving setup

Calving can be a stressful period fraught with danger but simple improvements every dairy and beef farm can make to their existing setup can minimise risk to the operator and…

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4 ways to improve cow flow and reduce lameness

Allowing cows time and space and adhering to good routines when walking to the milking parlour improves cow flow and reduces the chance of white line disease and sole injuries,…

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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…