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Dairy farmer Douwe Maat made some clear choices when he took over the farm from his parents. Not only regarding the design and construction of the new barn, but also in terms of operational management. “Our farm was already quite extensive with 84.5 hectares of land. The transformation to organic farming was therefore no major move and fits in well with our way of family farming in an ever-changing world".
To maintain a profitable barn with healthy dairy cows, will first and foremost require a well thought-out barn concept. A good barn concept makes optimum use of the available space, puts cow comfort first but also pays attention to the dairy farmer's management approach. Needless to say, everything must also remain affordable.
Capacity, construction, lighting and ventilation are the first aspects that are looked at . During the planning process, issues such as the projected duration of construction, how often the animals graze outdoors and hoof care are also taken into consideration. The walkways, the separation of the various areas for resting or activity by means of cow traffic gates and the design and characteristics of the lying and walking areas all play a central role. The number and models of cubicles, feeding areas, drinking troughs and the type and position of the milking system as well as facilities such as the cuddle boxes and calf pens that can serve as an infirmary, are also important. Last but not least, the entire set-up must be easy to clean, preferably with low-maintenance manure disposal systems, and the risk of injury must be kept to a minimum. In short: there should be no factors that could adversely affect the health of animals or employees in general.
Designing a cow shed is therefore not an easy task, especially if you consider the consequences of an incorrect layout and poor fittings. At Spinder we have many years of practical experience in designing, implementing and fitting out cow sheds. Our recommendations takes into account the circumstances on your farm and we also show you how smart solutions contribute to cow comfort and can reduce your tasks to a minimum. Not only do we give top priority to cow comfort, we're also serious about the farmer's comfort and convenience.