Building a new barn is a big step. You're investing a lot of money and you want to prevent mistakes. You don't want your cows uncomfortable or hurt easily. You also don't want a barn in which you can't work efficiently. Third, you don't want to spend any more money than you need to. Dairy farming is challenging enough after all.
Luckily, we also see new barns that achieve excellent results. We see barns in which 50 more cows can be kept with the same number of employees. We see barns where milk production rises with 507 kg per cow and where the replacement rate is dropped from 29% to 19%.
What is important, is that you get the right advice. Barn designers that have a lot of experience and know how things will work best in your situation. The results mentioned above are achieved by the Vetvice Barn Design team. The video above is made by barn designer and CowSignals trainer Bertjan Westerlaan. He designed this excellent cow and farmer friendly barn in Belarus. They're expanding from 2.400 to 3.600 milking cows, have double rows and sand beds.
What do you think of this barn? We like to hear your thoughts!