Livestock Housing

Livestock housing should promotes excellent health and good welfare for all livestock which helps in aiding a sustainable animal production.

An appropriate design for livestock buildings should take into consideration in providing comfortable accommodation for individual animals.

Things like :-

(1) proper sanitation

(2) durability

(3) arrangements for the production of clean milk for dairy animals.

Livestock Housing:- Location

The points which should be considered before the erection of the buildings:

1. Topography and drainage

The building should be at a higher elevation than the surrounding ground to offer a good slope for rainfall and drainage for the wastes of the dairy to avoid stagnation within.

A leveled area requires less site preparation and thus lesser cost of building.

2. Soil type

Fertile soil should be spared for cultivation. Foundation soils as far as possible should not be too dehydrated or desiccated. Such a soil is susceptible to considerable swelling during rainy season and exhibit numerous cracks and fissures.

3. Exposure to the sun and protection from wind

The building should be located to a maximum exposure to the sun in the north and minimum exposure to the sun in the south and protection from prevailing strong wind currents whether hot or cold.

Buildings should also be placed so that direct sunlight can reach the platforms, gutters and mangers in the cattle shed.

4. Accessibility

Easy accessibility to the buildings is always desirable.

5. Durability

Durability of the structure is obviously an important criterion in building a livestock farm house.
6. Water supply

Abundant supply of fresh, clean and soft water should be available.

7. Surroundings

Areas infested with wild animals should be avoided. Narrow gates, high manger curbs, loose hinges, protruding nails, smooth finished floor in the areas… basically anything that can injure the cows during movement should be eliminated.

8. Labour

Honest, economic and regular supply of labor is available.

9. Facilities, labour, food

Cattle yards should be so constructed and situated in relation to feed storages, hay stacks, silo and manure pits as to effect the most efficient utilization of labour.

Sufficient space per cow and well arranged feeding mangers and resting also contribute to the greater milk yield and meat production of cows

Recommended Structures for Livestock Housing

Open sided, single slope roof shed

Open sided, single slope roof shed

This type of housing is most typical of structures used and is suitable for all cattle on the farm. This is the least expensive of new structures and very easy to build. Open sheds should face the south for the sun and block the prevailing winds.

Open sided, clear span pole shed

Open sided, clear span pole shed

The clear span provides more space for equipment to remove manure and thus any side of the building can be open to the environment. The gable end of the barn is recommended to be open so that the discharge of rain is not over the open side of the building. When the gable end is open, the bays areas are usually deeper and provide more protection from the wind. The back end of the structure may be dark and damp and may need additional design attention for ventilation and lighting.

This type of housing is more practical for smaller sized herds.

Hoop Barns

Hoop Barns

One of the least expensive structures for housing cattle is the hoop barn. Hoop barns are similar to greenhouses. One disadvantage is the heat and ventilation problems during the summer months, but this should not pose an issue if you are planning on grazing your cattle during the warmer climate months.

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