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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Building Design

Barrier Design Farming Note

Barrier Design Farming Note

The right trough or feed barrier is a crucial element of good feeding management. A well designed feed barrier maximises intakes, reduces wastage, minimises injuries and...

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Building Design & Layout Farming Note

Building Design & Layout Farming Note

The building design and layout on your farm can have a massive effect on the productivity, health and well-being of your herd. Where facilities are not ideal, cow stress ...

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Calf Housing Farming Note

Calf Housing Farming Note

It is estimated that more than 6% of calves die before they reach six months of age, most of these losses occur in the first month of the calves’ life and many are a re...

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Collecting Yards

Collecting Yards

Well-designed collecting yards save time and reduce stress, whereas poor designs or improper cow handling will compromise cow flow and welfare.

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Comfortable Standing Surfaces Farming Note

Comfortable Standing Surfaces Farming Note

Cows and concrete are a difficult combination. Despite the clear benefits of concrete for managing housed cows, it is not a very comfortable standing surface and can be h...

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Concrete Grooving Trial Update

Concrete Grooving Trial Update

Smooth, slippery concrete can reduce cow mobility and oestrus activity and can potentially lead to lameness and injury. Concrete grooving is commonly used to improve cow...

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Cow Comfort Report

Cow Comfort Report

As part of Kingshay's exhibit at the 'Livestock Event' and 'The Dairy Show' last year, farmers filled in a survey assessing levels of cow comfort on their farm. The Cow C...

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Cow Grouping Farming Note

Cow Grouping Farming Note

Cow grouping is a useful management tool, particularly in larger herds, which allows the requirements of each individual cow to be more easily met. Deciding if your he...

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Cow Handling Facilities Farming Note

Cow Handling Facilities Farming Note

As housing and handling of animals is one of the main opportunities for injury to occur on farm, having well designed cow handling facilities in place is strongly reco...

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Cubicle Demo Unit Trial Update

Cubicle Demo Unit Trial Update

Since the Kingshay Cubicle Demonstration Unit was set up in 2004, there have been 4 building phases and many visitors passing through the doors to compare the latest prod...

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Effective Collecting Yards Farming Note

Effective Collecting Yards Farming Note

Well designed collecting yards can save time plus give benefits in production and reduce stress related diseases. Backing gates are useful for some farms, abused on some ...

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Effective Farm Lighting

Effective Farm Lighting

Lighting on a dairy farm is important for animal health and production, but can be a significant cost. This Farming Note addresses: Optimum lighting levels and hours ...

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