Two wet seasons in a row were all that it took for Chertsey farmer Craig Copland to look for solutions to help over the winter season when milking 900 cows.
The solution is a 5000 square metre shed housing a Dairy Barn System (DBS).
Constructed by rural building specialist Calder Stewart and fitted out with state-of-the-art barn equipment and effluent management systems from GEA, the DBS allows Craig to maintain winter productivity without compromising the health of the cows.
The Barn features a Houle Cable Scraper system for barn alleys which allows for easy operation without manual cleaning necessary.
Besides being easy to install, the scraper makes multiple passes per day and does not interrupt cow traffic. Rotating diagonal cow brushes are a favourite with the herd, they keep the animals clean, maintaining a high level of hygiene and helping the cows dissipate heat easier through their skin. The brushes take advantage of the cows' liking for rubbing and is built to withstand the forces the cows can exert.
Stainless steel troughs have been installed in the barn and the animals are housed in a single beam freestall mounting system design.
A final touch of comfort for the animals is added by the Sofmat mattress systems, which features a 3cm duracushion underlay and a waterproof covering.