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While browsing the pages of our magazine and website, or while walking the yard of your farm, have you ever had a question that has just stumped you? Like, “Why do my cows look like they are only playing in the water trough instead of drinking?” or “How likely am I to have a set of triplet heifers?” If you have questions for Hoard’s Dairyman, you can submit them here. One member of our team of editors will research your question, contact an authority in the area if needed, and respond to your burning question. We’ll even forward herd health questions to one of our Veterinary Column contributors to answer it in a page of our magazine.

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Aug. 25 2020
Instead of using a shovel or an expensive piece of equipment for the ever-pressing job of pushing up feed, our dairy uses an old lawnmower with a scraper dedicated exclusively for the job
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Aug. 21 2020
Every time I tried to move my portable loading chute, I would have a hard time grabbing it with forks because it is unbalanced. I took an old bucket from my loader, cut off the attachment, and simply
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July 17 2020
I created an easier way to take down an old barbed wire fence. I cut the ends off a 55-gallon drum and lag screwed it to a 4 by 4
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June 19 2020
I mix milk replacer for 10 calves at one time and want to make sure I have consistent water temperatures for each batch
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May 27 2020
My dad is an avid coffee drinker. We were running low on calf bottle holders, so we came up with an idea to reuse the plastic coffee containers for easier feeding
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May 11 2020
This lift wagon is one of the most convenient pieces of equipment on our farm! Both the fronmaking it super convenient for
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April 27 2020
We ran water pipes into our old barn to fill the livestock drinking tanks. That barn freezes during the winter, so we used this old propane tank as an air supply tank and plumbed it into the water pipe
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April 23 2020
The roll-up that stores the hose we use to wash down our parlor was getting rusty and leaky
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April 10 2020
It is not recommended to write on ear tags when the temperature is below freezing because the ink won’t set. When tagging in cold weather, I turn the heater in my truck to maximum
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March 25 2020
Every time I had to go mend a fence, I first had to pile all my supplies onto my truck or tractor. To get the job done quickly, I came up with the idea of making a fencing wagon