For less than $700, Carissa Buttjer installed a remote-access camera system on the 275-cow dairy she helps manage in eastern Iowa. She shares how building the system impacted calf mortality at the dairy.
Adequate feeding space for every heifer is a moving target for most dairies and heifer raisers. When overcrowding occurs and not all heifers can eat at the same time, how does this affect animal performance?
“New” housing facilities need not necessarily start from the ground up. University of Minnesota agricultural engineer Kevin Janni discusses ways to remodel existing farm structures to address your housing needs.
Jim Salfer, a University of Minnesota dairy specialist who has looked at the records of dozens and dozens of robotic herds in the Midwest, says Green Wave Farms’ financial performance is among the better dairies.