IAE have been manufacturing cubicles of varying designs since the early 1970's, starting with basic design such as Simple Stalls, Newton Rigg and Mushroom cubicles. Over the years industry experts have put greater focus on improving cubicle housing solutions, as a result IAE developed their first "post and rail" cantilever system - the Super Comfort cow cubicle. This was followed by the Supreme and culminated with their flagship Ultima cow cubicle.
Iae have been involved in cubicle housing solutions throughout the UK and abroad, successfully helping farmers to improve conditions for their animals. The reduction in disease assisted by better housing and improved animal welfare, coupled with the greater comfort offered by the latest designs, leads to enhanced milk production and better profitability.
Thoughts On General Dairy Building And Design
The quality of the housed environment has a major impact on dairy herd welfare and economic performance. Time spent on the building design will reap the benefits many times over on both the life of the cows and even more over the life of the building.
There are many sources of information which will aid in the design of your building, some useful sources include publications by DairyCo and RIDBA's The Farm Buildings Handbook as well as material freely available on the internet by Jamie Robertson from Aberdeen University.
Points to think about!
- Natural ventilation is a must as a starting point ( ongoing costs are minimal if effective ventilation is achieved from the outset)
- A single span building of a width between 24.4m and 30.3m is the optimum for natural ventilation.
- A low pitched roof will give a reduced stack effect; a reduced stack effect will negatively impact natural ventilation which is not desirable.
- Too many clear roof lights could potentially cause hotspots for the cattle below. Cattle may avoid hotspots if there are alternative places to lie.
- Cubicle space allowance.
- Red Tractor and FAWC state that there should be a minimum of 1 space per animal but 5% extra spaces within a building is desirable.
- Feed space allowance is important.
- Access to clean fresh drinking water.
- Loafing area space allowance.
- Grooming points ( cow brushes)
- Removing dead ends (bullying prevention)