Free Stall Barn
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Freestalls are permanent structures for housing dairy cattle, offering them comfort and daily necessities. These structures can significantly improve feed usage, enhance herd comfort, and reduce maintenance costs, but they also require a substantial initial investment and sophisticated management. Careful considerations around location, feed supply management, and animal spacing are vital. These systems might increase input costs and make the business more vulnerable to price fluctuations. They also require advanced effluent management skills due to possible regulatory attention. To ensure success, seek solid financial and business advice and focus on managing your people well.
These are permanent, engineered structures, in which dairy cattle are housed and provided with their daily dietary requirements and water. They may be open air, partially or fully enclosed.
Freestalls are typically used to house dairy cows for extended periods and include a bedding area for cows to ruminate and rest.
The term 'freestall' refers to the bedding area where cows are provided cubicles (stalls), where they may lie down.
Feed and cow alleys, as well as bedding areas are cleaned daily to maintain cow comfort, health and production performance. Internal or external loafing areas may also be included in the design to provide additional area for cattle to move around.
4 row (11m2/cow) $/cow =
6 row (8m2/cow) $/cow =
Typically all up to build and operationalise the system allow $2900 per cow