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    100 cow dairy unit

    hi, i need a few design ideas for a 100 cow dairy unit.
    has anyone done something similar recently?
    any idea of how much slurry storage would be needed?
    size to keep parlour area and tank area for future expansion?
    any help appreciated
    thanks ryan

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    Re: 100 cow dairy unit

    you will want a minimum of 1,000,000 litres of slurry storage and as big a parlour as your budget will allow, travel about and look at as many other setups as you can and see what mistakes they made

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    Re: 100 cow dairy unit

    Forget 1 million litre slurry storage if u live in ni u will need closer to 1 million gallon storage. Best designed sheds I have seen are ones with feeding barrier down the outside rather than the middle of the shed. This way cows never have to cross over the passage and dirty it. Leave cubicles flexible so u can possibly divide the shed up to suit different groups of cows to target feeding better. Leave plenty of room for a collecting yard behind the parlour and plenty of room in front of the parlour so there is no bottle necks to hinder cow flow. A good handling facility exiting the parlour is in my opinion a must. Take a trip to see the new unit at greenmount. It may be over the top but it still has a good basic layout for ease of management. Check out the farmers journal channel on YouTube there is a short video of the greenmount unit.

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    Re: 100 cow dairy unit

    Quote Originally Posted by vinnie123 View Post
    you will want a minimum of 1,000,000 litres of slurry storage and as big a parlour as your budget will allow, travel about and look at as many other setups as you can and see what mistakes they made
    Quote Originally Posted by Turboman View Post
    Forget 1 million litre slurry storage if u live in ni u will need closer to 1 million gallon storage. Best designed sheds I have seen are ones with feeding barrier down the outside rather than the middle of the shed. This way cows never have to cross over the passage and dirty it. Leave cubicles flexible so u can possibly divide the shed up to suit different groups of cows to target feeding better. Leave plenty of room for a collecting yard behind the parlour and plenty of room in front of the parlour so there is no bottle necks to hinder cow flow. A good handling facility exiting the parlour is in my opinion a must. Take a trip to see the new unit at greenmount. It may be over the top but it still has a good basic layout for ease of management. Check out the farmers journal channel on YouTube there is a short video of the greenmount unit.
    For six months 1,000,000 litres is to little and 1 million gallon way over the requirements, this is slurry only, so rain water would need to be included. if there is a chance of expanding extra slurry storage would be cheaper at the initial stage.

    I would say that feeding down the outside has its place but if designing from scratch do you really want the feed to be left exposed to the elements. You can slat the cross passage (over the feed pass) this helps with slurry at this point. Also the opening at the feed barrier can let a lot of drafts into the shed.

    The rest of Turbomans points I would agree with though.

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    Re: 100 cow dairy unit

    Agri design to clarify about feeding down the outsides of the shed I probably didn't make myself that clear. I would leave a passage down each side and clad the exterior wall so the cows would be protected from the elements and silage would be dry. It does mesn extra see space having to feed passages but handling cows inside is so much easier.

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    Re: 100 cow dairy unit

    thanks for the replies, would anyone have drawings or sketches of a good layout?

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    Re: 100 cow dairy unit

    Quote Originally Posted by county1174 View Post
    hi, i need a few design ideas for a 100 cow dairy unit.
    has anyone done something similar recently?
    any idea of how much slurry storage would be needed?
    size to keep parlour area and tank area for future expansion?
    any help appreciated
    thanks ryan
    what is your best ball park price for such a set up

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    Re: 100 cow dairy unit

    You wont have to travel far at all to see decent 100 cow units in your area!!

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    Re: 100 cow dairy unit

    Quote Originally Posted by Turboman View Post
    Agri design to clarify about feeding down the outsides of the shed I probably didn't make myself that clear. I would leave a passage down each side and clad the exterior wall so the cows would be protected from the elements and silage would be dry. It does mesn extra see space having to feed passages but handling cows inside is so much easier.
    I agree with you there, prefer that way myself.

    Very roughly thinking..

    if you had the feed passage about 200' long

    Row of 14'+ slats

    row of head to heads

    10'+ passage

    and a row off single cubicles 8 - 9' deep

    and run your dairy, with parlour and collecting yard behind, good wide exit and collecting yard the same width as parlour with room for plenty of expansion.

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