We are setting up our 2017 New York Farm Show Booth! This show is extra special to us because this is where everything started. Located just 30 minutes from our location, it is our home show where we get to catch up with all of our customers in the area, and meet more potential customers!
Cows love their SuperStalls so much they dance on them!
This week, from the 11th to the 13th, we will be at the Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, NY! The Empire Farm Days is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeastern United States. It showcases all of the latest farm equipment, dairy industry innovations, live animal seminars and more than 600 exhibits!
We here at North Brook Farms think about cow comfort a lot. We also think about farmers’ wallets too – how to keep more of their hard earned money in there. The dual and equally important goals of keeping cows comfortable and maintaining a profitable
The VR™ Premium Topcover is our newest topcover that is manufactured from vulcanized rubber and reinforced with a heavyweight fabric scrim. The VR™ Topcover is engineered with grooving that improves drainage of milk and urine to the rear of the stall, while still staying non-abrasive and very soft. This topcover has an eight year full
Everyone knows the feeling of walking on a slippery floor, having to walk especially careful so that we don’t fall. And falling on these floors is definitely not fun. All farmers deeply care about their animals, and dairy farmers are no different.
Don’t you love coming home after a long day and laying down in your nice soft bed? Well just like humans, cows do too! According to a study done by W. K. Fulwider and R. W. Palmer in 2004 on impact testing to predict cow preference, the most important factor that determines cow preference is the softness of the mattress; and when given a choice cows will lay down on the softest material or mattress that’s available.
“Now that’s a good idea” was the most satisfying response we received from dairymen when we described the NBF Calving Pen System. Interest in the Calving Pen System wildly exceeded our expectations and it seems we have hit a cord with dairymen across the country looking for a solution to one of the major hand work efforts in the barn.
Cow comfort is one of the leading design features of modern dairy barn construction and farm management. Ensuring that cows are optimizing their feed intake, maximizing laying time, reducing injury and infections, and ultimately producing large amounts of quality milk to sustain the farm is on every farmer’s mind. One of the major areas of focus for making cows comfortable is in the stall, particularly what she is laying on. It seems like everyone has an opinion on this – sand is the best, mattresses are easier to maintain, don’t forget about waterbeds, and how the heck do you dry out manure solids? I’d like throw my hat in the ring, given my 25 years of thinking and innovating on this particular area of the barn.
No matter what type of bedding or how good a manager you are, the area in the barn that causes the most headaches might be in the calving area. This area is usually a large, open space with crowd gate dividers for separating soon-to-be mothers where managers rely on a heavy pack of straw and other organic bedding materials to keep the area clean and cows comfortable – just like in the “olden” days.