|Clint, Janice and Stanley Burkholder |
We are increasing the number and size of fans. We're increasing waterers and water sprinklers and installing a grooved floor as in the previous barn. We're installing longer stall lengths, with cow beds that are compressed rubber with water-resistant, heavy fabric covering and a small amount of sawdust. We'll also put a rubber floor at the feedbunks.
By building a new freestall barn, we will be able to convert other facilities to use for the calving and housing of dry cows.
This should cause less stress and more comfort for these animals.
Different improvements cause cow comfort; each gives various increments of increased milk production. Which has given us the most return on our dollars invested? We aren't certain but feel the cow beds have made a tremendous difference in cow comfort and have had an impact on milk production.
We can make a comparison between cows and humans. If our back and legs aren't hurting, and we get a good night's rest, our work and social performances are improved.
Our goal is to see the cows chewing their cuds, lying comfortably in their stalls, eating, drinking and producing lots of milk, which equals a profitable dairy farm.
|Milk (3.77% bf, 3.03% prt)||$19.32/cwt. (mailbox)|
|Alfalfa hay (spot)||$180/ton|
|Ground corn (local quote)||$236/ton|