Is the building the garage is attached to your house? If not why not continue on and put you hay storage there?
Hauling hay to cows gets old fast. It is Soo much nicer to have it right there.. Otherwise I like it!
No, this is not attached to our house. Buildings are at a minimum, 20 feet apart. With as far as we live from actual firemen, we have to figure we are on our own for fires. So, no garage is attached to any living quarters.
The little building the garage is attached to is a 20x20 workshop that was originally planned as a garage for my aunt. When I inherited her property, we insulated and ACd the building so we could store household goods while we build our house (actually add on to the small house Dad built for Aunt Doris). Last year DH bought me that gorgeous 13.5 foot long sink and it is in the workshop. DH never wants to move that thing again, so now the building is my Dairy—or will be when I can evict all the moving boxes...some time next century.
Post by mommasquilts on Feb 4, 2019 9:30:47 GMT -5
farmel I have friends who run a raw milk dairy and raise all registered jerseys. They AI all their girls and have had a closed herd for a very long time. They told me they would have a cow or two for me when ever I got situated.
There is another option of a guernsey/jersey cross out there if she doesn’t get sold as a bottle calf. I had a gorgeous bull calf born last week that I thought I might raise for beef but have changed my mind and plan to raise him as a replacement bull. It would be nice to raise the two together once they are weened. It is so much better to raise two together than just one. They eat better and grow off nicer it seems.
Last year I bought a nice registered polled Hereford bull. I am hoping to use him with jersey girls for a nice dairy/beef cross that does well as a family cow with fewer “high octane” inputs.
But that is all just theory and dreams right now. We are selling our house in the city and moving full time to the ranch this summer and have lots of stuff to do before then and before I fully set up for dairy cows. I have to put in fencing that will separate them from my beef herd and keep them closer to the house without interfering with how I usually run the beef girls.
DH and I with help from DS are doing most of the construction work ourselves and we have a large tractor barn and maintenance shop to build before we can start adding onto the house. This lean to will be used to store materials (wood mainly) out of the weather for our various builds. Somewhere in all this I have a chicken palace to build too. My dairy barn was way down on the priority list until we decided at include it in our current build. It makes me hopeful that I can get to dairy girls sooner than later.
I have a little green tractor (currently being used as a lawn mower) that I need to buy a bucket for so it it easier to haul hay and clean out the lean to. It will have a concrete floor and water access so it is easy to hose out the milking and feed areas. I am practically giddy thinking about it all. 😊
Post by simplynaturalfarm on Feb 4, 2019 10:19:56 GMT -5
Can you add a roofed structure on side of workshop to store your hay?
Are the cows going to live on the side of your workshop then and you'll fence around the shed? Or is this for emergency use ( free stalls etc) because I don't like cows having access to sides of buildings - if lots of rain, they pug everything and destroy ground, they rub on walls constantly, while fighting ( sometimes they just some each other around) they bash into walls and so on. So I'd still build a lean to work a run and consider the building you are making for milking and emergency bad weather loafing.
Post by mommasquilts on Feb 4, 2019 11:51:34 GMT -5
^^^that is mostly what it is for—milking and emergency shelter. In south Texas cows don’t end up in doors much. It is cooler to sit in the shade of a tree and enjoy the breezes. The watering trough is away from the buildings
Geotex and gravel with a layer of sand on top is amazing. Think about putting that as your floor and extending it out 30 feet to keep the heavy use area from becoming a mud pit. That extended area can serve as a feed pad for a round bale or nice loafing area when grazing is unavailable. Definitely put sand or shavings or something easy to pick up poop off of around the free stalls. Otherwise you'll slowly pick all the larger gravel off when you pick up the poop- not the best for the compost pile either. It looks like you'll have a lot of flexibility with the new design. These cows! Sometimes they do things the way we want, and sometimes we have to compromise. You might find you need to compromise a little on how things are done if you get experienced cows. (I'm learning this first hand right now!) I'm glad my space has lots of flexibility until I get things worked out flow wise.
We like open designs with lots of ventilation. But we also live in a location with literally zero wind. Something to keep in mind, if you have wind - which direction does it tend to come from and should you have ___# feet in overhang, etc. to block the weather.
Post by mommasquilts on Feb 8, 2019 21:16:05 GMT -5
We get wind and the occasional hurricane. I plan to hinge the windows at the top and have locking corner braces to prop them open. They can be closed and locked down if we have a hurricane. Otherwise they provide shade.
The gate in the larger section will hinge back to be the second side of the head gate stanchion for vetting purposes or just get ripped open against that inside low wall,out of the way for maximum cow area.
I love coverall for constant natural lighting and atmosphere. It feels so much warmer or cooler and lighter in coverall and dark and cold in pole building. Cows also preferred coverall when given both options.
Are you able to get insurance for coverall buildings where you are? Where I am currently (BC, Canada) apparently it's very tough. Neighbours had a coverall that collapsed in snow and insurance denied them (after they searched a few companies to find one who they believed WOULD cover them, and went with that company)… that's second hand knowledge though and maybe half truths
Post by simplynaturalfarm on Feb 9, 2019 8:41:52 GMT -5
No idea. We aren't into insurance for everything. We paid cash for everything at the time, never had a mortgage ( we saved up and bought second hand double wide) and would have just replaced it had we needed to.
We don't get snow like bc - I was born and raised there and know how much wet snow it can get!
We A lady we worked for had a coverall collapse one year, but their pole barn did also
Post by mommasquilts on Feb 9, 2019 10:46:11 GMT -5
AmyP, That is a good question, one I won’t know the answer to until I get it built. I may put it to the side of the freed stalls on the right. I wanted to be able to pitch hay into the feeder from the open window without going through a gate and around the corner. I also need enough room behind the head gate to pull a calf if needed.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
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