Concrete feeder lane and soft floor
Concrete feeder lane and soft floor combined
This floor design allows the farmer to combine their traditional feedpad system with Redpaths soft floor loafing barn. The combined floor system has a wide concrete feeder lane path where cows are bought into the shelter and stand whilst fed and are held for short periods.
This feeder path will often manage up to 40% of the effluent produced by the cow as they are feeding. This path can then be scraped clean to a wedge pit or pond. The cows might stand on the path for short periods 1-2 hours and then be allowed through to the soft litter floor area after they have been fed.
The advantage of this system is that much of the effluent is kept off the floor litter area, which helps it stay cleaner and last longer (up to 3 years).
Typically the litter area might be as little as 6m2 per cow for this type of system, due to the reduced litter loading. (For overwintering, cow density might be 8m2)
The clear roof still covers the concrete feed area and thus reduces the amount of water run-off from the pad caused by rainfall - substantially reducing the filling loads placed on your existing effluent ponds. The clear roof allows natural sunlight and energy to enter and assists with drying of both the concrete and deep litter floor areas to reduce the incidence of disease and improve animal conditions.
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