Balance stocking densities with cow comfort, economics

Balance stocking densities with cow comfort, economics

*Rick Grant is president of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y.

FREESTALL and feed bunk overstocking is commonplace in the U.S. dairy industry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Monitoring System reported that 58% of dairy farms provide less than the recommended 24 in. of bunk space per cow, and 43% provided less than one stall per cow (2010 data).

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