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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Cubicles

Bedding Systems & Machines Tried & Tested

Bedding Systems & Machines Tried & Tested

Following a survey of members: opinions of their bedding machines Kingshay has compiled a report which reviews the pros and cons of bedding systems, e.g. sand vs. paper v...

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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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Cubicle Bedding Materials Farming Note

Cubicle Bedding Materials Farming Note

The right cubicle bedding material for your farm depends on how well it keeps the cows clean and dry, how abrasive it is and how well it is handled by your slurry system....

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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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Cubicle Modifications

Cubicle Modifications

Whether the cubicles on your farm were installed last year or last century it is vital to reassess how well the cows are using them.  Use this Farming Note to assess you...

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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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Mats & Mattresses Report Tried & Tested

Mats & Mattresses Report Tried & Tested

The Kingshay Cubicle Demonstration Unit has been allowing farmer members to test out different cubicles and mats and mattresses that are on the market since the first sec...

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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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Sand Cubicles - The Gold Standard? Farming Note

Sand Cubicles - The Gold Standard? Farming Note

Well maintained sand cubicles can provide an excellent bed for milking cows. If kept clean, sand does not support bacterial growth and can therefore present a lower masti...

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Sole Bruising and Sole Ulcers

Sole Bruising and Sole Ulcers

Sole bruising and sole ulcers are painful lameness conditions, and studies have shown that unfortunately once damage has been done it is unusual for cows to be fully soun...

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Tried & Tested Cubicles Report

Tried & Tested Cubicles Report

Over 6 years we assessed a wide range of cubicles in our cow housing demonstration unit. No single cubicle type will be correct in all situations. Knowing what you need i...

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Winter Bedding Options Farming Note

Winter Bedding Options Farming Note

With straw supplies limited and expensive, different bedding options may prove economic for your herd. An increase in straw price of £15/tonne would typically increase c...

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