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.
“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.
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.
If you’re using sand bedding, you may want to take some additional precautions against mastitis. In a study of mastitis outbreaks on multiple dairy farms, Utah State University researchers found a significant association between recycled bedding and Mycoplasma pathogens. • The outbreak was due to Mycoplasma pathogens found in stored recycled bedding sand. • Mycoplasma