What’s the difference between a feed pad shelter, stand off shelter, loafing barn and a wintering barn?
Our shelters can be used and will complement any of these uses. The main difference between the four is the amount of time the cows spend in the shelter.
Feed pads – the cows are fed in the shelter and they are only in there for a short time.
Stand off shelter – are similar to a feedpad shelter, but would be designed to hold the cows for medium length of time.
Loafing barn – are for longer term housing and will be of sufficient sie to hold cows for as much as maybe 4-5 days at a time.
Wintering barn – will likely be used for holding cows for months during extremely cold weather.
What are compost barns?
A compost barn is very similar to a wintering barn where cows stay in the shelter for a long time. In a compost barn there is a lot more emphasis on keeping the deep litter floor composting. This may be done by stirring and sometimes adding ingredients to assist the natural composting process.
Why use soft litter?
The soft litter system is better for cows feet and joints and overall welfare. The soft litter encourages them to loaf and save energy. This system reduces damage to udders and underbelly. The nutrient rich litter can be recycled as mulch on pasture.
Where can I find a woodchip supply?
Woodchips are readily available. If you have trouble sourcing woodchips ring Dairy Shelters Australia and we will assist you.
Why use a clear roofing material like Durshelter?
The secret and strength of Dairy Shelters Australia system is its clear roof! The design of the shelters allows the sun’s natural energy into the building to help keep the flooring dry and keep the cows in a warm comfortable environment. Excellent ventilation options complement the roof design to keep the floor clean and reduces the environmental bacterial load.
My site is really windy – will the clear Durashelter covering last?
Definitely! There are shelters covered in Durashelter in many locations that experience extreme weather conditions. These shelters have survived cyclonic conditions on pacific islands where they are commonly used for horticultural green houses.