Register for the Sargent’s Farm Composting Barn Open Day

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Register for the Sargent's Composting Barn Open Day

Tuesday, 14th May 2024
11:00am – 2:00pm

Mike Sargent’s Dairy Farm, Waikato
(address will be emailed to you after registration)

An informative day at Mike Sargent’s Farm. Discover firsthand how Mike Sargent has utilized composting barns to enhance cow health and boost milk production, all while ensuring sustainability.

Get all your questions answered…

  • Is this type of system right for my farm?

  • How much did feed utilisation increase?

  • What was the increase in milk production?
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Plus, a free steak sandwich and craft beer!

Who will be there?

Mike Sargent 
Farm Owner 

Keith Woodford
Independent Consultant

Jacob Judd 
NumatAGRI Construction Consultant

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Register for the Borries’ Wintering Pad Field Day Event

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Register for the Borries' Wintering Pad Field Day

Tuesday, 9th April 2024
11:00am – 2:00pm

Borrie’s Dairy Farm, Waitaki Plains
(address will be emailed to you after registration)

An informative day at the Borrie’s new wintering pad. Discover first-hand how Michelle and Rogan kept their cows on farm over winter and maximised feed utilisation for better cow health and higher milk production.

Get all your questions answered…

  • Is this type of system right for my farm?

  • How much did feed utilisation increase?

  • What was the increase in milk production?
Steak-Sanwich
Plus, a free steak sandwich and craft beer!

Who will be there?

Rogan and Michelle Borrie 
Farm Owners 

Logan Fergusson
Share Milker

Bart Greypen 
Construction Site Manager for NumatAGRI 

Jacob Judd 
NumatAGRI Construction Consultant

Fill out the form to register

Off-Paddock Facility Design & Construction Guide (Outbound Calls)

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Off-Paddock Facility Design & Construction Guide (Outbound Calls)

Are you planning to build or upgrade your off-paddock facility? Whether it’s a compost barn, a free stall barn, or a feed pad, making informed decisions is crucial for the success of your project. That’s why we’ve created a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the complexities of off-paddock facility construction.

Why download this guide? 

  • Costs & Options: Learn from industry experts about essential factors such as costs and system types.
  • Avoid Costly Mistakes: Understand common pitfalls in off-paddock construction and how to steer clear of them.
  • Tailored to Your Needs: Whether you’re looking for a low-maintenance option or a sustainable, eco-friendly solution, find the best fit for your farming style.
  • Maximize Your Investment: Get tips on planning, budgeting, and choosing the right partners for your construction project.
Simply fill out the form on this page to get your copy.

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Off-Paddock Facility Design & Construction Guide

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Off-Paddock Facility Design & Construction Guide

Are you planning to build or upgrade your off-paddock facility? Whether it’s a compost barn, a free stall barn, or a feed pad, making informed decisions is crucial for the success of your project. That’s why we’ve created a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the complexities of off-paddock facility construction.

Why download this guide? 

  • Costs & Options: Learn from industry experts about essential factors such as costs and system types.
  • Avoid Costly Mistakes: Understand common pitfalls in off-paddock construction and how to steer clear of them.
  • Tailored to Your Needs: Whether you’re looking for a low-maintenance option or a sustainable, eco-friendly solution, find the best fit for your farming style.
  • Maximize Your Investment: Get tips on planning, budgeting, and choosing the right partners for your construction project.
Simply fill out the form on this page to get your copy.

Fill Out the Form to Download your Copy

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building an Off-Paddock Facility

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.

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What is a Free Stall Barn?

What is a Free Stall Barn?

A free stall barn is a dairy housing facility where cows have individual stalls to rest while still having the freedom to move about in a communal area. These barns are specifically designed to promote cow comfort, health, and efficient management of the herd. They typically feature bedding in stalls, good ventilation, and easy access to feeding and milking areas.

Pros and Cons of Building a Free Stall Barn

Pros:

Enhanced Cow Comfort:

Provides a clean, dry, and comfortable resting area for each cow.

Improved Health and Hygiene:

Reduces the incidence of diseases and promotes better udder health.

Efficient Space Utilization:

Maximizes the use of space while ensuring animal welfare.

Cons:

High Initial Investment:

Substantial upfront costs for construction and design.

Maintenance Requirements:

Regular cleaning and maintenance of stalls and bedding.

Management Intensity:

Requires close monitoring and management of the environment and cow behavior.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Free Stall Barn?

The cost of constructing a free stall barn can vary greatly, typically ranging from $5,000 to $7,000 per cow. The total cost depends on factors such as:

  • Size and Design Complexity: Larger barns with more advanced designs will cost more.
  • Quality of Materials: The choice of construction materials and stall bedding impacts the overall cost.
  • Additional Features: Costs for integrating automated systems, specialized flooring, and waste management.

Design Considerations

When planning a free stall barn, consider the following key aspects:
Stall Design:

Size and layout of stalls to ensure cow comfort and ease of access.

Ventilation and Lighting:

Adequate air circulation and natural lighting for a healthy environment.

Manure and Waste Management:

Efficient systems for handling and processing manure.

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NumatAGRI: Tailored Solutions for Your Farm

We don’t just bring a catalogue; we bring a commitment to understanding your unique needs.

With our design and construction expertise, we’ll help you visualize your project with 3D designs and provide transparent costings.

If you’d like to discuss options with one of our consultants, fill out this form.

Or call us on: 0800 686 119

What is a Loose-Housed Barn?

What is a Loose-Housed Barn?

A loose-housed barn is a type of dairy housing system where cows have the freedom to move and rest in a large open area, typically bedded with soft materials like straw, sawdust, wood chips, or rubber matting. These barns are designed to provide shelter and comfort for dairy cattle, particularly during adverse weather conditions or for specific management needs such as calving or dry periods.

Pros and Cons of Building a Loose-Housed Barn

Pros:

Animal Welfare:

Enhances cow comfort and well-being.

Pasture Protection:

Reduces damage to pastures during wet or extreme weather.

Effluent Management:

Efficient handling of manure and bedding materials.

Cons:

Capital Investment:

Higher initial costs for construction and setup than some other systems.

Ongoing Maintenance:

Regular replacement of bedding materials if rubber matting isn't used.

Space Requirement:

Requires a significant amount of space for effective operation.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Loose-Housed Barn?

The cost of constructing a loose-housed barn varies based on several factors, including size, material choices, and additional features. Typically, the cost ranges from $4,000 to $5,500 per cow. Factors influencing the cost include:

  • Construction Materials: Choice of materials for the structure and bedding.
  • Size and Capacity: Larger barns accommodating more cows will be more expensive.
  • Additional Facilities: Costs for integrating calving areas, feeding areas, and waste management systems.

Design Considerations

Key aspects to consider when planning a loose-housed barn include:
Bedding Management:

Type of bedding used and frequency of replacement. Rubber matting is low-maintenance while straw and woodchips require ongoing maintenance.

Ventilation:

Ensuring proper airflow to maintain a healthy environment.

Layout and Accessibility:

Design for ease of cow movement and farm management operations.

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NumatAGRI: Tailored Solutions for Your Farm

We don’t just bring a catalogue; we bring a commitment to understanding your unique needs.

With our design and construction expertise, we’ll help you visualize your project with 3D designs and provide transparent costings.

If you’d like to discuss options with one of our consultants, fill out this form.

Or call us on: 0800 686 119

What is a Composting Barn?

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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NumatAGRI: Tailored Solutions for Your Farm

We don’t just bring a catalogue; we bring a commitment to understanding your unique needs.

With our design and construction expertise, we’ll help you visualize your project with 3D designs and provide transparent costings.

If you’d like to discuss options with one of our consultants, fill out this form.

Or call us on: 0800 686 119

What is a Feed/Stand-Off Pad?

What is a Feed / Stand-Off Pad?

A feed/stand-off pad is a designated hard surface area, often located near the dairy shed, specifically designed for feeding supplements and/or loafing of cattle. It serves as a reliable off-paddock solution, ensuring cattle have a consistent area to feed, irrespective of weather conditions.

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Pros and Cons of Building a Permanent Feed Pad

Pros:

Efficiency:

Streamlines the feeding process.

Pasture Protection:

Reduces pasture damage and maintenance costs.

Feed Management:

Minimizes feed wastage.

Cons:

Initial Setup:

Requires significant earthworks for proper slope.

Maintenance:

Feed pads need regular cleaning.

Lameness Risks:

Potential for injury if cows are confined on inadequate surfacing.

Options: Roof or no roof?

Choosing between a roofed or open feed pad depends on your farm’s specific needs. While an open feed pad is more cost effective, a roofed variant offers shelter from the elements, ensuring cow comfort year-round. Additionally, a roof eliminates rainfall-related effluent issues.

For some farms, expanding the size of the effluent pond can be a viable and economical alternative to roofing the feed pad. This approach can effectively manage the additional runoff without incurring the significant costs associated with constructing a roof.

Options: Surfaces

Different surfacing options cater to varying needs
Soft Bedding:

Materials like straw and woodchips are comfortable but require regular maintenance and replacement.

Rubber Matting:

Durable, easy to clean, and provides a comfortable surface for the cattle. Ideal for use with scrapers or flood wash systems.

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Success Stories

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NumatAGRI: Tailored Solutions for Your Farm

We don’t just bring a catalogue; we bring a commitment to understanding your unique needs.

With our design and construction expertise, we’ll help you visualize your project with 3D designs and provide transparent costings.

If you’d like to discuss options with one of our consultants, fill out this form.

Or call us on: 0800 686 119