The combination of these design features provides a superior environment for health and welfare.
Farmplus cow kennels have the following design features:
- Multi-span design providing excellent ventilation for a healthier herd
- Kennels of a size and design that provide greater cow comfort
- Pre-painted steel or fibre cement roofs with translucent roof sheets for optimum natural light
Available in any combination of layouts:
- Single or multiple banks of kennels
- Sleep only, or with covered feed areas
- Open at both ends or closed at one end (see Cleveland buildings)
Continued study into cow behaviour has resulted in the design of the Farmplus kennel. A combination of kennel rail position and generous bed size offers the cow greater freedom of movement and provides good back support with ample lunge space when rising. These features are important to heard health, welfare and cleanliness.
The concrete kerb which forms the raised kennel bed provides the cow with a wide, firm base on which to stand. Concrete has substantial benefits over its narrow timber counterpart: it is unaffected by muck and water and will not split, buckle or rot. Concrete also offers a solid surface for the tractor scraper to work against and adds considerably to the strength and durability of the building as a whole.
The lean-back kennel upright offers considerably greater space for cow movement whilst eliminating damage from bulling, crowding and tractor drivers. The lean-back kennel uprights, as with all timber sections throughout the building, are the largest on the market – no other company compares.
All Farmplus buildings that have feed area facilities have a single tubular steel feed control incorporated as a standard feature. Optional feed barriers are available upon request.
The generous kennel size means that young stock and Channel Island can also be accommodated. Herds can be split easily within each unit for different feed regimes. The kennel head rail can be adjusted as required and calving boxes, collecting yard, dairy / parlour can be included as options. The whole can be easily extended to accommodate an increasing herd size.
All Farmplus buildings can accommodateRobot Milkersystems with minimal adaptation.
End kennel frames incorporate substantial 150mm x 150mm (6″ x 6”) timbers which are bedded into a concrete foundation to provide strength where it matters most.
Structure conforms to BS.5502 Class 2.
To ensure maximum longevity, all Farmplus timber is preserved by vacuum pressure impregnation, under strict quality control conditions and in accordance with DEFRA specifications. All steel fixings are corrosion resistant.
Farmplus buildings are delivered in kit form ready for erection by the customer or your preferred contractor. If needed we can often provide details of erectors we may know in your area.The Cleveland
The Cleveland is very popular in areas of adverse weather conditions because of the very substantial structure and ‘protected’ ventilation. One end can be permanently closed against the weather without impairing herd management.
The Cleveland retains all of the high quality Farmplus construction features and, at the same time, offers exceptional value for money with its ingenious compact layout.Half House & Feed
The Half House and Feed is a flexible configuration that is particularly good for a narrow site. The format means that the building can be easily extended by adding a mirror image extension. The Half House and Feed is an excellent resource for small herds providing that a sheltered aspect is available for the open sided feed area.