Constructing an off-paddock facility involves crucial decisions and detailed planning. Getting the wrong type of facility or design can be incredibly costly. Being aware of common mistakes can save you time, money, and ensure the long-term success of your project. Here are some additional key points to consider:
1. Neglecting Ongoing Maintenance Requirements
Issue: Failing to consider the maintenance demands of your chosen system can lead to unexpected workload and expenses.
Solution: Assess the maintenance needs of different systems. While composting barns offer environmental benefits, they demand more labour. If you prefer a lower maintenance option, consider alternatives like rubber matting or automated cleaning systems.
2. Inadequate Design for System Needs
Issue: A design that doesn’t meet the specific requirements of the chosen system, such as insufficient airflow in composting barns, can hinder its functionality.
Solution: Work with experienced designers who understand the unique needs of your chosen system. Ensure that designs for composting barns, for example, include adequate ventilation for effective composting. Check out the Ridgeback™ Shelter NumatAGRI can supply which offers 20% higher air exchanges per hour.
3. Selecting Inappropriate Systems for Your Farming Style:
Issue: Choosing a system that doesn’t align with your farming practices or lifestyle can become burdensome. For example, some systems such as HerdHome® Shelters may require regular dig out requiring specialised equipment and experience.
Solution: Carefully consider your farming routines and management style. Select a system that complements your approach to dairy farming.
4. Partnering with Inexperienced Providers
Issue: Collaborating with a company lacking expertise in specific off-paddock systems can lead to design flaws and inefficiency. Building an off-paddock facility is a large investment, so it pays to work with companies who have specialist knowledge and experience building them.
Solution: Choose a construction company that has proven experience and years as a trusted brand in the dairy industry. Their expertise will be invaluable in ensuring your facility meets all necessary requirements.
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can build an off-paddock facility that not only meets your immediate needs but also supports your long-term farming goals, ensuring ease of management and operational efficiency.
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