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    All things Dairy

    Do you not find alot of silage is wasted doing this? Or never had a cow injured by falling silage?
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    Cow brushes and tail paint

    Ah I see what you mean. Still no issues with the brush and RMS 3 years later? Any chance you could send a video so I could work on convincing the old man?
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    Cow brushes and tail paint

    Been a while since you posted this but would you have any photos of the brush or a video of it running and not rubbing off the tail paint? Cheers
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    Ventilation tube for calf shed

    Looks impressive, Is it still working well? How did you seal the end of the tube? What sizes of fan and tube did you go for?
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    New Calf Shed

    Sounds similar to our thinking only we would need more pens, The biggest question is how many calves are you thinking of placing in each 20 x 20 pen? Over stocking causes the most issues in my opinion. An advisor told me to be careful with a shelf as you could trap stale air under it, He...
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    New Calf Shed

    I was talking to a guy here in Northern Ireland with this system, When I asked him several times if he still got pneumonia outbreaks he changed the subject and would not answer, so this has led me to believe the igloos are not all they are made out to be. He also said to keep 15 calves in one...
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    Robotic milking

    Its working in about £7 or £8 a ton I think. But depends how much meal you are feeding
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    Robotic milking

    No we did not test and was not aware you could test, but it happened straight after we changed silage, and absolutely nothing else changed, the robots got the blame first but we had them checked over and they where 100% so it could be nothing else, we are running a milking parlour too and there...
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    New Calf Shed

    We intend to build a new calf shed in the spring. Looking for ideas and photos of what people have done. Priorities are to minimise labour and try to reduce instances of pneumonia (which is possibly caused by over stocking of current calf housing) Calf hutches would be great for health but are...
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    Robotic milking

    Are you referring to the toxins in the silage causing the ecoli? The toxins cause a reduced immunity in the cows therefore leaving them more prone to infection. The silage was the only thing that changed, it had slipped down the pit so was mouldy in places, when the toxin absorber was added...
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    Robotic milking

    Yep sounds the exact same. We run a parlour and robots, the latest E.coli episode was only in the robot shed, so the robots were getting the blame. But the real reason was toxins in the silage. We still use dry cow antibiotics but just the shorter withdrawal tubes, we do not milk record so can...
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    Robotic milking

    For years we ran a SCC around 80-120 and had Ecoli Flare ups every few months, Stopped using Cepravin Dry Cow tubes and now our SCC is around 150 and Ecoli has drastically reduced. We got a flare up a few months ago on our Robot set up, the only thing that had changed was we started to feed...
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    Robotic milking

    Curious as to why the first thing to do is replace the GEA monoboxes? We are happy with our 2. Running 2 years.

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