When it comes to assessing the comfort of free-stalls, Nigel Cook, veterinarian at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, recommends that you evaluate stalls from the cows’ perspective.

Cook suggests asking these five questions:

  • Does the stall provide adequate surface cushion?
  • Does the cow have adequate body-resting area, or do cows feel cramped?
  • Does the cow have room to “lunge and bob” when she rises?
  • Is there adequate room below and behind the neck rail?
  • Is the curb height appropriate?