Friday, March 8, 2013

Calf Barns can Equal Hutches
That is the title of the Hoard's Dairyman article by Ken Nordland, Becky Brotzman and Arturo Gamez in the March 10, 2013 issue. 
What a great article. If you don't receive this magazine see if you can borrow one from a friend just to read this article.  The topics are:
  • Space per calf or calf pen
  • Bedding in cool weather
  • Drainage below bedding
  • Natural ventilation with supplemental positive pressure tube ventilation
  • Low permanent sidewalls in naturally ventilated barns
For barns with individual pens:
  • East-west orientation
  • Limit rows to one or two
  • Solid side panels with mesh panels on front and rear
  • Individual calf pens should not be covered but spaced 3 feet from outside walls

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