Which Barn System is right for you?

When considering your options for wintering your dairy cow herd or moving to full-time barn systems, there are many factors to consider that will influence the best solution for your dairy farm.

From the increasing environmental legislation pressures to the ability to control stock feed, pasture quality and dairy herd health - making the best decision on the size, structure and layout is critical to the success and return on your investment.

The key factors that drive these decisions include:

  • Environmental Factors - managing the increasing legislative requirements, reducing effluent and nutrient losses.
  • Animal Health - achieving high herd condition scores through optimal feeding and protection from the elements including heat and cold stress.
  • Production - extending your milking season and maximising efficiency while working within proposed incoming legislative restrictions.

Calder Stewart specialises in all aspects of rural buildings including wintering sheds, dairy barn systems, dairy sheds and other farm buildings. This brings the ability to customise a complete integrated solution with one key point of contact to ease the struggle and hassle of worrying about a long list of sub-contractors. We understand the importance of delivering on-time and on-budget for your milking season.

All Calder Stewart Wintering Sheds and Dairy Barn Systems are built using the highest grade reinforced steel and roofing. This vertical integration offers us the ability to provide a competitively priced solution with the highest quality structures to withstand harsh conditions, protecting your investment long into the future.

We walk through all of the options available before presenting you with a tailored solution for your dairy farm. For more information or to talk through any specific details please contact one of our team.

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Dairy Barn Systems

Our Dairy Barn System, offered in a wide variety of configurations and sizes, allows your stock to feed while you maintain your pasture and jumpstart early grass development as the spring season arrives. Shed configurations can include fully operational automatic effluent scrapers, feed troughs, dedicated standing and sleeping areas that can be raised, along with feed pads and feed silo foundations – all depending on your overall goals, preferences and budget.

Dairy Barn Systems provide greater control to achieve greater efficiencies across your operation. With a solid Dairy Barn System in place, you'll be able to ensure your production is maximised for as long as possible, without needing to resort to costly off farm measures.

Each Dairy Barn System is tailored in its design to suit your land, your environment, your cows and your needs. Our ability to define, design and deliver construction projects is a key advantage. Through our key partnerships in the technology industry, we are able to recommend and supply a full fit out of your Dairy Barn System.

Wintering Sheds

Wintering sheds are an ideal solution if you're wanting to gain control from having to winter your herd off-farm, utilise your own support block for higher-value cropping and/or move up from your existing feed pad. Wintering sheds can be a great asset for protecting your herd in winter from harsh weather conditions, but also in the summer from heat stress.

Wintering Sheds can also provide a short-term solution throughout the year during significant weather events including excessive rainfall and flooding. By protecting your herd during these key periods of potential stress you can ensure production is maintained and your pastures are protected.

GEA New Zealand

Calder Stewart have built strong relationships with businesses that follow global practice and bring you technology from around the world as leaders in their field such as GEA.

With decades of experience in the fields of barn equipment engineering, GEA’s product range has been designed to meet the highest quality standards.

From cubicles, pens, beds and mattress systems for cow comfort, to feeding fences and drinking systems, climate management, ventilation technology and stall cleaning solutions, GEA establish benchmarks and develop new innovations in environmentally conscious and economic animal-friendly husbandry. Together with Calder Stewart, GEA will find a cost-effective solution for your demand-oriented application.

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