In designing a farm house for
cattle, farmers should consider the location of the farm where there
is ample water supply, an abundant supply of forage and hay, and easily
accessible equipment and machinery. Cattle are, of nature, animals with
hierarchies, therefore giving them separate stalls with fences and gates
are a requirement. Materials like wood and steel or lumber can make for
durable yet cheap building supply.
Things to remember:
1. Housing cattle should also include big feedlots and
fencing around the
vicinity which can be made of materials such as bamboo or straw. Add
bushes to obscure the farm from other outside elements or animals.
2. If farmers plan to build a closed shed farming house, then make sure
there is enough ventilation by installing windows with shutters, a
sturdy door made of tree wood or any scrap metal, and lots of hay.
3. Cattle need to socialize as well, so make it a point to put same
breeds in pens together and also provide them with haystacks for rest
and relaxation. Cows need ample time to rest to be able to produce more
milk during lactation period.
When building a farm house for cattle and any other farm animals, there
should be a regard for their protection from the sun, too much heat,
rain, and during winter months. During winter, it is advisable to put
improvised door panelling to seal in the warmth of the house, and keep
windows shut. Make sure that there is water supply inside the house
during winter months, and also during drought or summer season when the
weather is too hot for the cattle to go out of the house.
Farm House Levels
Other farm houses that are built for housing cattle have levels inside
where cows and other heavier animals can stay on the bottom floor and
the lighter animals such as the chickens or roosters can occupy the
second floors, much like a loft style farm house. This way, space is
maximized and there is room to put enough feedlots in the center and a
place for cows to socialize and rest.
The feeding area is also one of the most crucial parts of the farm
house. Housing cattle involves designating a
cattle feeding area where there is
enough light, ventilation, and enough hay and grains for feeds, and
water supply. A small well or water faucet will suffice if the feedlots
are subdivided into the different breeds of cattle and different animals
in the farm.
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