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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Building Design

Cubicle Modifications

Cubicle Modifications

Having spent time assessing how well the cows use your cubicles (see Cubicles - what do your cows want?) it is vital to adjust them to suit your cows. This DAIRY insight ...

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Cubicles – what do cows want?

Cubicles – what do cows want?

Happy cows are productive cows! The key is to ensure every aspect of management and cow environment is set up to make the most of the cow’s natural behaviour. Closely m...

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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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Farm Security

Farm Security

In recent months, there have been numerous high-profile farm thefts in the press, including several cases of livestock rustling.  According to the NFU Mutual Rural Crime...

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Feed Storage Farming Note

Feed Storage Farming Note

Effective feed storage saves both time and money. Feed storage bins can dilapidate over time and this can increase feed spoilage and increase the risk of a bin collapsin...

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Footbaths Farming Note

Footbaths Farming Note

Lameness is the third highest cause of culling in Kingshay Health Manager recorded herds and costs an estimated £205 per case. The top 25% of farmers see 24 cases of lam...

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Maximising Cow Flow at Milking

Maximising Cow Flow at Milking

Achieving good, natural cow flow in and out of the parlour will reduce frustrations in the pit and minimise cow stress. Less requirement to push cows in for milking will ...

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Mechanical Ventilation

Mechanical Ventilation

Good building ventilation is vital to remove the huge amounts of heat and moisture produced by cows every day. Failure to get it right can lead to heat stress and higher ...

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Monitoring Cameras

Monitoring Cameras

Cameras are no longer just seen as a security tool; they now have multiple uses on farms from monitoring cows during calving to staff training. Nonetheless, there are key...

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Rat Control Farming Note

Rat Control Farming Note

Rats carry a large number of diseases and parasites which can be harmful to both humans and animals. This, alongside the damage they cause, makes them a major farm pest....

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Reducing bTB Transmission on Farm

Reducing bTB Transmission on Farm

The spread of bovine TB (bTB) on farm can potentially be reduced by adopting certain management practices. Transmission risks for bTB include infected wildlife (particula...

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Reducing Mastitis Pressure in Buildings

Reducing Mastitis Pressure in Buildings

Environmental mastitis pathogens are naturally present in the housed environment, but problems occur when the pathogen pressure becomes too high. This Farming Note cov...

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