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There’s a balance in stocking density

Date: 
Mon, 06/27/2016

Welfare and economics must both play a role in determining how many cows fill a barn.

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By Maggie Seiler, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

One size does not fit all. There are many areas on the farm to which this saying readily applies. One of the most pertinent areas is dairy cattle housing. When it comes to stocking density, Rick Grant says each farm must find their optimal rate of cows per pen to address both animal welfare and economics.

“Our industry must recognize that, for some farms, a trade-off will occur between economics and welfare,” the president of the William H Miner Agricultural Research Institute wrote in a recent Miner Institute Farm Report. Read more

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