Dairy Cattle Facilities

Dairy March 29, 2018 Print Friendly and PDF

Dairy cattle, specifically the milking herd and close-up dry cows, are housed in various types of dairy facilities. These facilities can include tie stalls for individual dairy cows, free stalls, dry lots, pasture systems, and more recently, compost bedded packs. One common thread with all of these dairy cattle housing systems is to ensure that dairy cows are comfortable and managed in an environment to improve their health and prevent diseases. Dairy farmers have always realized and practiced good animal welfare and well-being, and understand that comfortable cows give more milk and are healthier.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.