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Here are a few Handy Hints from fellow readers.

July 15 2010
July Handy Hint: When to breed heifers At the Hoard's Farm, we created this quick detection method when a heifer is in the chute to determine if she is eligible to breed. A line was drawn on a 2 x 4 at...
June 16 2010
May 25 Handy Hint: Whiteboard tracks ketosis testing At Summitholme Holsteins in Lynden, Ontario, a simple dry erase board is used to track ketosis testing for fresh cows. The whiteboard is labeled with...
June 1 2010
May 10 Handy Hint: Train wheels pack bunker We made a silage packer from 10 old iron train wheels. It works very well when packing our corn silage and haylage bunkers. The total weight of the packer is...
April 19 2010
April 10, 2010 Handy Hint Sliding doors offer light, ventilation Instead of installing several large windows, the Kremers at Donkelman farms in Tillsonburg, Ontario, installed large sliding glass doors...
April 19 2010
January 25, 2010 Handy Hint Text cows and heifers in heat We issued cell phones to all our employees. As part of the agreement with our employees for using the farm-issued cell phones, we want employees...
April 19 2010
Feb 25, 2010 Handy Hint Best milk replacer mixer I use a 12-inch milk filter spring to mix batches of milk replacer, and I've found the spring is the best mixer ever; it's stainless steel so it's easy...
April 19 2010
April 10, 2010 Handy Hint 100410_HH_windows.gif Sliding doors offer light, ventilation Instead of installing several large windows, the Kremers at Donkelman farms in Tillsonburg, Ontario, installed...
April 19 2010
Easy and clean way to move newborn calves I wanted an easy and clean way to move newborn calves to our hutch area which is on the other side of the farm. I cut off the top of a 250-gallon portable water...
April 19 2010
Handy Hint: Jan 10, 2010 Colored Tape Marks Distance During the winter months, my employees are so bundled up that they have a hard time turning around inside the skid loader to see behind them. This led...
April 19 2010
Handy Hints March 25, 2010 Top Hint: Durable, rust-free stall scraper After having yet another "quality" free stall sand scraper rust, fatigue, and come apart, I built this lightweight, yet extremely strong,...
April 19 2010
Feb 10 Handy Hint: PVC Pipe Keeps IV in Place Sometimes to start an IV on a standing cow in a headlock can be a two-person job (one person to hold the bottle, the other to insert the line into the needle)....
April 19 2010
Handy Hint: March 10, 2010 Place Water Lines Within Tile Lines Whenever we replaced or put in a new water line, we ran the plastic water pipe through a 4-inch drainage tile. Doing so allows us to replace...