Post by Rhein-O-Ranch on Feb 19, 2010 15:57:36 GMT -5
Our stalls are 12 x 12. It all depends on what you want the stall for. If it is for working on the cow or milking then small is better. If it is to house the cow during bad/cold weather then bigger is better. We have a work up pen with a chute and neck gate to use for things like shots and worming. The bigger stall lets them move around comfortably and you don't have to clean it as often(Ok I know that most of you will clean every day...LOL) Plus you have more room to clean if the cow has to be left in while you clean.
We have nurse cows, calves, show calves, llamas, pygmy goats, turkeys, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats on our little piece of Heaven.
We are now selling fresh whole milk and mozzarella and Velveeta style cheeses along with fresh eggs.
I would go bigger than 6 X 6 if I had the room. We built our small barn two years ago. The two cow stalls are 10 X 10 and we have a steer stall that's 6X8. Helen is a big wide cow and I wish the stall was larger although she can turn her big derigible (sp?) self around in that size stall. Nellie, a much smaller Jersey has tons of room in her stall.
This depends on if the cow is tied in or not. I have kept cows chained in stalls, feed in front, muck area in back, that were about 6' x 6' with open back and a little half wall between the cows. The cows went in and out and only stayed in in really cold weather or cold rainy nights, etc.
A 6'x6' box stall will basically get poo all over it and there will be no place clean if the cow is not tied.
(has been SallyMA, and SallyCA in prior years.)
We have 12 X 12 stalls that have a door that we keep open so they can go out into the run. It is actually a horse barn but I use one of those stalls for calving. Her everyday shed is off the back of the barn and it is 12 ft. deep and 22 ft. long shed in a large pen. This is just for winter use. During spring, summer and fall she is out in the pasture and can come and go from that 12 X 22 shed when she wants (we leave the gate open). 6 X 6 sounds too small even for my Jersey who is on the smaller side.
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Thanks for the response. I decided to go 12 x 10. I will keep them in the pens only with bad weather and before showing. We arebuilding a 30 x 50 barn. The cow barn itself will be 25 x 30 and rest will be for milk area's and storage.
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