When summarizing the findings of other authors who compared the effect of tie-stall (TS) or free-stall (FS) housing on cows' milk performance, health, fertility and behavior, Zdziarski et al.
Means ([+ or -] SE) of milk yield and lactation length in two different stall types Stall type Cow Milk yield (kg) Mean [+ or -] SE p Tie-stall 232 5,958.
Enchanted Dairy, LLP, is operated by brothers Ron and Marvin Miller, who began by milking 75 cows on the traditional tie-stall
dairy where they grew up.
With the help of local contractors, Connie designed the small tie-stall
barn to make milking as easy as possible for him and the kids.
With explosive growth in the use of TMR mixers and advances in milking parlor and tie-stall
equipment we are witnessing a dramatic decrease in the amount of physical labor necessary to milk cows.
Energy efficient fluorescent light fixtures were used for the free-stall barn, milking parlor, the two tie-stall
barns, the offices and milking rooms.
The researchers compared performance and health within the two stall types in response to a ban on the construction of new tie-stalls.
Egil Simensen from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo, worked with a team of researchers to investigate data on 812 herds of Norwegian Red cattle, 192 of which were kept in tie-stalls.
Free-stall cows in smaller herds produced significantly less milk than those in tie-stalls, but more milk in larger herds," he said.