This son and his father started to make plans for a new barn, which lead to some discussion. The son, who did a CowSignals workshop with Bengt Egil, had some ideas on how he wanted to design the barn. At first, the father and the barn designer didn't quite agree.
They decided to compare a two-row building with a three-row and this turned out to cause a minor difference in cost. In a two-row barn there was about 46 square meter more of sledges and the building became a little longer and more narrow than if it had been a tree-row barn. This didn't cause big differences in total.
The son eventually had the best arguments: in a two-row barn, it will be easier to get one feeding place for each cow. The cow traffic will be easier to oversee for both cows and farmer.
Besides choosing for a two-row system, they also decided on a stress-free calving line and another building for calf rearing. The stress-free calving line wil give an easier transition period and seperating the calf rearing in a different building will make it easier to have healthy calves.
On the picture we see father and son, both happy with their new design!
CowSignals advice: start by providing your cows with these three things first: a stress-free calving line, one feeding space per cow and a deep, soft bed for every cow.
Bengt Egil Elve is one of our CowSignals master trainers in Norway, doing an excellent job there. You can contact him via our website.