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Farmers with dairy wintering barns are reporting savings of
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Savings on winter-feed costs because cows are warmer
and there is less feed wastage.
Savings on pasture damage, pugging, nutrient run-off
and the environment because cows are off the land
during the wetter periods.
Being able to milk longer at the shoulders of the season
and therefore increase milking days.
Less cow walking distance resulting in better yields and
less lame cows.
Fertiliser savings by being able to apply the retained
effluent at a time when the grass can best uptake the
Reduced feed supplement wastage and pasture damage
by using barn as a feed pad during milking periods.
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A thought for the future
Winter, they tell us is nearly over, the last of the Antarctic storms hopefully a thing of the past.
By COLIN MORRISON
Farmers are evaluating how the farm and
herd survived the winter and many
appear to be turning their thoughts to
the idea of installing a "wintering pad" or
wintering barn" over the summer months.
These are a specially built area where animals
are withheld from pasture for extended
periods, possibly up to several months, and
supplementary feeds are brought to them. A
wintering barn is similar to the wintering pad
except that it is covered.
If this is part of a farm owners plan for the
future, careful consideration must be given to
both the practical and regulatory aspects of
choosing a site. The regulations state that the
proximity to the farm dairy must be no closer
than 20 metres. There must be sufficient room
allowed for vehicular access, and possibly
room for future expansion. The site will need
access to services, power, water and effluent
removal as well as adequate drainage; this can
be helped by taking advantage of any natural
gradients in the landscape between 2 and 4
degrees to help water run off. Can existing
shelter or vegetation be used to the
advantage of the pad? Is the site chosen well
away from neighbours or property boundaries
and also any waterways or bores? Local
council regulations will need to be checked
before any final decision is made.
The orientation of a pad should also be
considered, especially if the pad is to be
covered. Note should be taken of the
prevailing winds direction and also the
position of the sun. In many setups, the
effluent from the feed pad will be combined
along with effluent from the dairy shed. If this
is the case, consideration must be given to
storage of the effluent. The total storage
volume required must be calculated and if
existing storage ability is not sufficient, it must
be increased. Feed pads normally produce a
great deal of additional effluent which has a
higher nutrient concentration than that of a
The surface of the wintering pad must be
considered carefully, will it provide the ability
to feed out efficiently, what is the durability
like? What about the ability to clean the
surface and contain effluent. How will it affect
animal health? The longer a cow stands upon
a hard or wet surface, the greater the risk of
stress and lameness. This is related to the
length of time a cow can spend lying down.
So, if it is the intention to use the pad for
winter management, then an additional softer
surface for animals to lie down upon must be
provided. Non-concrete surfaces are not
recommended for feed pads due to ongoing
problems with cleaning and effluent.
So it's not just a question of picking a position
and building, serious consideration must be
given to all aspects.
Would you believe it?
By COLIN MORRISON
Back in 1983, I was newly arrived from
the UK and was living in Woolston,
Christchurch. Each morning I would
get on my bike and pedal off to work in
Sydenham. One particular morning, I came
around a corner near Lancaster Park as it
was then called, to be greeted by the sight
middle of the road, with a guy sitting on the
roof with a broom holding up the overhead
This was totally unreal for me, and when I
got to work and told the guys they couldn't
understand why I was so excited, they had
all seen this sort of thing many times
before. Now nearly 30 years later, I too have
become rather blase´ about the sight of a
house being moved. However recently a
friend told me that he had brought a
second hand shearing shed and was having
it transported to his farm -- once again I
became excited, this wasn't a house, this
was a large building.
On the day, all went well and the shed is
now in full use.
Second hand farm buildings have become a
viable option for the farmer on a budget,
and moving a building long distances is
becoming easier all the time as companies
gain experience and technology develops.
The first record of a building being moved
was printed in an article in "The Survey of
London", dated 1598, by a John Stow. The
reason for the move was the claim of the
land for use by a "higher authority". The
move was made on wooden rollers -- a far
cry from the technology of today.
If you want to relocate a building, you will
potentially need three different types of
A building consent for removal (if still on
another site) and new location.
A resource consent or outline plan of
An over-dimensional load permit from
the NZ Transport Agency.
When the building is in transit to the new
location, you will need to organise
insurance for the move. This will provide
cover for any damage during the move, for
example, if the building falls from the truck,
or if there is accidental damage to the
building or any adjoining property, and also
for personal injury and any damage to the
roadway, pavement or kerb etc.
You may be liable for any damage to the
highway when the building is being moved,
and so it would pay to contact the council's
vehicle crossing supervisors for a condition
inspection of the highway, kerb, footpath
and berm, before the removal and again
immediately afterwards, so that any
damage can be accurately assessed.
Above all, use a reputable and experienced
company, who will take you through all the
processes involved, making it a profitable
and worry free experience.
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