Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
James, W. D.
Building the dairy barn, pp. 64-81 PDF (3.4 MB)
Wisconsin Dairymen's Association. A barn once built is not easily moved, or altered in size or shape; hence it is important that it be carefully planned before building. There are many points on which men differ in regard to barn con- struction, and with this in mind, it is my purpose to give some general information which may be of help to the prospective builder, and also to give a number of cuts of barn plans which are considered conven- lent, practical and up-to-date. In planning the dairy barn, the important things to be considered are cleanliness, cow comfort and cow health, and convenience in caring for the cows. The first great essential in the dairy barn is sanitation, and the stable must be so constructed that it can be readily kept clean. The one thing always to be kept in mind is the fact that the barn is a place where human food is manufactured. SITE. The first thing to be thought of in the erection of a barn is the site. Location as to the points of the compass, so that a sheltered barn- yard will be on the south side; the appearance from the highway; the position of the surrounding buildings; and the location of trees and hedges for windbreaks should detrmine this. Farm barns should be arranged as compactly as possible to facilitate feeding and watering. The barn should also be so located that the yard will have a natural slope, or can be so graded that the surface water will run off. If the yard is thus kept dry, it is an easy matter to remove the few droppings that will be left daily. A clean yard is of the greatest help in keeping the cows clean. SIZE. The next thing to be thought of is the size to build the barn, in order to supply sufficient storage capacity. This caluculation should be based upon the present and prospective size of the farm, the number of acres in crops, the kind and number of head of stock and system of farming. The size of a barn is determined by certain measurements of stalls, mangers, gutters and passageways that have been found by experience to be the most practical. Following these measurements it has been found that for the best and most practical results a barn should be 36 feet wide, and thus have room for two rows of cows. 5-D. I 65o
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