Calf barn project in dreams? Here are some tips to get you started
Wondering about building a new calf barn? Do you feel that it still takes a lot of time to take care of calves today? At 4dBarn’s Boosted farms, an average of one-fifth of the day’s working time is spent taking care of calves.
Robots can update your existing barn
No change to build a new barn but milking parlor is wearing out and something needs to be done. It is also difficult to get people to work in a parlor. All sizes of farms in all the places in the world are looking at options to automate milking. In addition to decreased labour, especially smaller dairy farms want to get more flexible lifestyle, and some have an interest to get more data from the cows using robots.
Treats from the robot
Cows' nutritional demands are the same regardless of the milking system in use. Milk yield is the harvest of correct feeding and management practises.
Retrofitting dairy barn to robotic milking – is simply adding an AMS unit enough?
When retrofitting your dairy facility to robotic milking, a farmer must remember to start by defining goals for the project and re-think their daily management routines. Keep reading to find out more about the questions you need to ask yourself before starting the dairy barn retrofit project.
Bedded pack area – pros and cons of different bedding materials
Bedding materials have their own good and bad sides. Some mix different beddings. Check the farmers experiences on different bedding materials here.
7 tips for succesful bedded pack area
The transition cow bedded pack area is only a small part of a modern complex cow barn, but it is equally important to consider all the details in the bedded area designing. These 7 tips will help you build the transition cow bedded pack area practical and labor efficient.
Options for transition cow facilities
The transition cow facilities and big lines for management are determined already in the cow barn design phase. The bedded pack area is common in maternity pen, but it can also be expanded to dry cows and fresh cows.
Understanding bedded pack areas
4dBarn interviewed 12 farms last summer and gathered practical experience of bedded pack areas. We compiled lots of knowledge and heard many positive comments!
Top 10 tips for designing a robot barn
The importance of the user-focusing functional design is often underestimated, but it pays itself back quickly. Here is a 10-point checklist for designing robot barns.
Deep bedding area = a lot of labor?
Some say: “It needs so much labor”. The others say: “A well kept deep bedding is the absolutely best place for a dairy cow”. 4dBarn is making a survey about deep bedding areas for transition cows and how laborious they really are.
The right time to separate a cow and a calf – a lot of questions but no answers yet
There are a lot of opinions on how long the cow-calf contact after calving should last. We summarized the latest scientific studies.
5 times YES! for rearing calves in cold
Cold breeding of calves has a long tradition, but it still creates strong feelings for and against it.
Good Steel and Bad Steel in the Robot Barn
Read and learn about gating and stall design in the robot barn
VIC - cow has no time to wait!
Sure you know VIP, but what is VIC?
New – 4dBarn´s Blog
Finally, we share our thoughts in our own blog.