Image# D095 - Modern dairy barn

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Modern dairy barn

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Farm managers of larger herds may prefer large, open barns known as free-stall barns. Twice a day, the cows will enter a milking parlour, an area designed specifically for ease and efficiency of milking, and the rest of the time they spend lounging around indoors in adjoining barns where they eat, rest and move around as they choose. Bedded stalls are provided for the cows to lie down. Barn aisles are often cement or slatted floors that allow easy clean up of manure. Cows have free choice of feed and water.