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What is a Compost Barn?

A compost barn is an off-paddock housing solution where cows rest on a composting bed under a covered roof. The barn’s design promotes cow comfort and health by providing a warm, dry, and well-ventilated environment. Compost barns are increasingly popular for their environmental benefits and cow welfare considerations.

Pros and Cons of Building a Compost Barn

Pros:

Cow Comfort:

Ensures a warm and dry resting area.

Manure Management:

Simplifies effluent handling, turning manure into valuable compost.

Health Benefits:

Cleaner udders and reduced lameness due to soft bedding.

Cons:

Upfront Investment:

Higher initial construction costs than open feed-pad.

Maintenance:

Requires daily tilling and addition of fresh bedding materials.

Space Requirements:

Larger footprint needed compared to other barn types.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Compost Barn?

The cost of constructing a compost barn can vary widely based on size, materials, and specific farm requirements. Typically, expenses range from $3,000 to $4,500 per cow. Key factors influencing cost include:

  • Size of the Barn: Larger barns for more cows require more materials and labor.
  • Type of Bedding Material: Costs differ for straw, wood chips, or rubber matting.
  • Additional Features: Installation of ventilation systems, lighting, and other amenities.

Design Considerations

When planning a compost barn, several key factors should be considered:
Bedding Material:

Choosing the right mix of straw and wood chips for optimal composting.

Aeration:

Daily tilling to maintain a healthy composting process.

Size and Layout:

Ensuring sufficient space per cow for comfort and effective composting.

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