This Design Build dairy barn led to a rise in cow numbers and milking output, with a new length of 245m and a tactical switch to a ‘cut-and-carry’ feed system.
The Waikato Dairy Barn is one rural project we're particularly proud of, with its spacious modern design. We undertook responsibility for the Design Build of this project, in conjunction with GEA Farm Technologies, creating a world-class dairy barn for third-generation Waikato dairy farmer Aman Singh.
Completed in April 2018, the Singh dairy barn shows how excellence in industrial design and construction leads to happy dairy cows and a significant lift in farm production. The resulting 245m long barn enabled cow numbers to rise from 600 to 1,000, with an impressive rise in per-cow milking output of 10-15%. We also shifted from a traditional pastoral grazing system to a ‘cut-and-carry’ feed system, further improving the feeding rate for Singh’s cows. Alongside those achievements in efficiency are environmental concerns — the new barn reduces the level of nitrogen loading and de-stocking on the land.
The dairy barns we provide are typically designed with three things in mind: function, cost efficiency, and the operational benefit to the farm, with this Waikato barn a category leader on all three fronts. But, because of Council planning concerns and the visual impacts of the building’s size and location, the design had to follow strict environmental guidelines. This ensured minimal impact on the landscape whilst still providing Aman Singh with a practical and functional building.
To meet Waikato Regional Council standards, the height of the barn structure was designed lower than would typically be the case; this was achieved by using an 18-degree pitched roof, preventing the barn from intruding over the surrounding landscape.