What Does Cow Poop Taste Like?

“Geeeze, what kind of a question is THAT!!” you say?

As a dairy producer who has spent most of your life in a barn, you probably already know the answer: It is not as bad as it smells.

This is an answer that can only be gained from experience, and probably not just once, but many times over the years because inevitably, “stuff” can, and does, happen in the barn.

An exercise of Truth in Advertising

 

“Geeeze, what kind of a question is THAT!!” you say?

As a dairy producer who has spent most of your life in a barn, you probably already know the answer.

It is not as bad as it smells.

This is an answer that can only be gained from experience, and probably not just once, but many times over the years because inevitably, “stuff” can, and does, happen in the barn.

There is wisdom that comes from experience and anyone giving advice should also be that experienced in their field of expertise. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people trying to give you advice without that wisdom.

There are three kinds of researchers/advisors/salespersons you need to be aware of.

  1.  Those that have smelled something once and jump to the conclusion it is deadly & horrible.
  2. Those that may know the truth but will tell you it is great and convince you to buy it from him for his own personal gain & profit.
  3. Those who share your wisdom from experience in their field, tell you the truth and facts about something and let you decide from there, fully informed. Thus, over time, proving they are honest and trustworthy in what they say.

 

Below are some articles and information to help you in your search for honesty and truth from advertising, marketing and sales pitches you may receive from those trying to help, or just appear to be trying to help.

It should always come down to your decision but it should be a decision based on facts, not emotion or fear.

When listening to someone trying to sell you something, ask yourself, “Does this person actually know what it tastes like, or has he just read about it or only smelled it once?”

Reprinted from: Cultivating Business: Canadian Association of Farm Advisors. (CAFA) 2015 – 2016 issue.

   

Can Grooving Reduce Lameness?

As seen in certain advertisements.

 

Three Studies say…. “NO”

 

Diamond Grooving modifies less than 20% of the floor, charges you for 100% and DOUBLES the LAMENESS!  This is 10 year old information. Why is nobody telling you this?!

 

 

We work with you in identifying problems that create lameness.

Does using lime in the free-stalls compromise the scrape alley floors?

Hydrated lime is key ingredient of brick mortar and cement powder. When mixed with liquid it has the potential to adhere to any concrete surface it comes in contact with.

If you use lime to combat mastitis, there is a good chance that your floors will become slippery based on the build up of lime.

The rate at which the lime will adhere and build up on existing surfaces is affected by environmental conditions. Conditions such as; the amount of lime being used, humidity, rate of evaporation, ventilation, the amount of moisture on the floor, cow traffic and population. Each farm will be affected differently, based on these variables.

A simple test to see if your floors have lime build up is, wash a section of floor with water and lightly dry with a propane torch. If lime residue is present, the surface will immediately present itself as a swelled up white coating that is almost as hard as the concrete it is attached to. Bare clean concrete will result in little to no change in the existing floor colour or texture.

 

If this is a concern in your facility, please give us a call! Toll-free: 1-877-966-3546                                       

 

SAND-BARN TRACTION!

 

  • Thin layer of sand provides traction for livestock rather than slip & catch of traditional grooving.
  • Traction-Milled surface stabilizes sand to prevent slipping of hoof and polishing of floor.
  • Raised strips of previous floor surface remains for scraper to reduce wear and leave layer of sand.

 

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