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Massey To Test Beds

The new Cowhouse at Massey is to be used as a testing ground for many aspects of NZ housing systems. Some may say a lot of this has been done oversees and yes it had.

There are however variable things we do in NZ and can not be compared with EU or USA systems.
For starters our cows may only have a 5% uniformity while mots EU and USA cows are within 5% in size and weight from each other.. That posses some issues when it comes to "catering for all and sundry"

We do not house full time either (most do not) so a Hybrid system is designed to allow for the best of pasture and the best of housing to be utilized.

The next few years be interesting what we do know is that initial test on Cow mats resulted in a clear message from the bovine girls is that they do not like water beds

(Image similar Cowhouse in Studholme)

Added 15 Dec 2013
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Farmers Impressed With Massey Cowhouse

The new Cowhouse at Massey was "labeled" as impressive by visiting farmers.

Cowhouse Ltd consulting, Cowhouse constructionLtd and Technipharm delivered this project to Massey
University.

The design represents a variable hybrid design which gives great flexibility in future changes to meet requirements inside the cow house.
All stalls can be changed in width and set up to accommodate different cow sizes, mobs can be separated by "high Gates" which simply can be dropped where ever they are needed.

An other special design feature is all the swinging gates which can be hinged on any point and lock variable gabs and distances from 3-5 meters.

A rope scraper system allows simplified management and maintenance and a ability to "stop" and lock the scraper lane, so only part of the lane is scraped.

The system will be commissioned in Dec 2013

Added 15 Dec 2013
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Massey Uni Cowhouse

Added 25 Nov 2013
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Dairyhouse Fills The Gap

Added 20 Nov 2013
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Keeping Cows Cool

Added 14 Oct 2013
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Body Condition And Welfare Linked

Added 14 Oct 2013
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Dairy House

Added 09 Oct 2013
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Clever Design Cuts Labour

Added 02 Oct 2013
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Balance Fat And Protein In Milk

Added 02 Oct 2013
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Housing More Reliable And Profitable

Added 02 Oct 2013
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Lake Ellesmere Solutions Increase Production

This article highlights some of the issues confronting farmers in the lake Ellesmere area, (and other low lying or wet area's in NZ)
A Animal Housing Hybrid project completed a year ago has provided housing for 900 animals and has scope to grow to 1500 animals while at the same tome dropping N leaching volumes below 10 Kg N/ Ha via the overseer model.

Added 25 Sep 2013
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Better Nutrition Will Add Billions

Added 06 Sep 2013
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Get Started Information Seminar

SEASON 2014-2015 FORWARD PLANNING
Information need for alternative winter or dairy housing systems critical to success

The work shops are limited to 15 persons for each workshop. This ensures participants get maximum value and information
The investment for each participant is $4500 plus GST and includes a personal follow up on farm. If your business partner or farm manager is also wishing to attend a reduced fee of $1250 is payable.

Food and beverages including lunch and dinner is provided. Day starts 10am and finishes 8pm .

For more information or to book call or email either
Ray on 03 467 7092 ray@landward.co.nz
Or
Harmen 0800 80 90 98 hj@cowhouse.co.nz

Added 04 Sep 2013
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Grazing Stock Methane Emitter

Added 02 Sep 2013
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Cowhouse Design More Than Just A Build Projec

Cowhouse design more than just a build project

Cowhouse design is an skill of blending animal handling skills and experiences with Animal wellbeing good practice regulations, expected out put (production) and input resources (labour), environmental needs and building and financial limitations.

The most dangerous decision any farmer could make is accepting a standard plan from a builder as the best and cheapest solution for his farm. Expertise in being able to build a structure is vital, but only after the design process has been completed and all matters of build and implementation are considered. the latter should involve independent outside expertise. There a re a few reputable builders in NZ which actively encourage clients to seek outside expertise, and some engage this expertise as part of the project. Farmers should not design their own systems, unless they have significant overseas farming experience in farming animals indoors and even then they often only know a few systems as they are on farm and not engaged on a day to day basis on new developments and trends.

Added 06 Aug 2013
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New Sheds Should Install Footbaths

Added 31 Jul 2013
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Are Your Heifers On Target?

Added 23 Jul 2013
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Cows Bedding Important

Added 23 Jul 2013
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Technology Key To Global Expansion

Added 16 Jul 2013
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A New Dawn For Dairy

Added 09 Jul 2013
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Going For Gold At Fieldays

Added 02 Jul 2013
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Reducing Nitrate Leaching In Beef / Sheep

Added 02 Jul 2013
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Bovine Bliss

Added 27 Jun 2013
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Hybrid Farm For Sale Oamaru

Mark and Melany Kingsburry Farm Oamaru for sale, this hybrid farm is set up for efficiency. Where a traditional pasture model may waste up to 30% of feed, this Hybrid farm be wasting very little. Resulting in a extra MS in the vat. N leaching is mitigated and full utilization of nutrients is assured. If there ever was a model to ensure you can continue to farm within the boundaries of the new to be agreed N leaching standards this is it. Add value to your land investment by being fully contained. Future owners can contact Cowhouse ltd for information and support to assist in managing the Cowhouse facility.

Added 25 May 2013
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Litter Fall Adds A 5% Waste Factor To Grazing

Litter fall contributes to inefficient dairy farming

Added 25 May 2013
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Water For The Dairy Cow

Added 24 May 2013
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Maize Feeding Guidelines

Added 24 May 2013
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Weather Watch For Slurry Spread

Added 24 May 2013
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Waikato Robots

Added 24 May 2013
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Irrigation Deal Does The Impossible

Deal on Mac Kenzie on track

Added 21 May 2013
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Huge Dairy Potential

Added 08 May 2013
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Happier Cows Will Make More Milk

Added 29 Apr 2013
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Robot Magic & Camelot

Added 29 Apr 2013
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Hybrid System Wins The Day

Added 15 Apr 2013
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Accom - Moo - Dation Cowhouse

Added 05 Apr 2013
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Dairy Systems For Environmental Protection

Added 20 Mar 2013
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New Robots

Added 18 Mar 2013
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Transition Feeding Profitable While Cows Dry

Added 18 Mar 2013
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Heifers To Be Grown Out To Produce Milk

Added 18 Mar 2013
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Overseer - What's It Best Used For?

Added 18 Mar 2013
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Don't Add To The Heat

Added 04 Mar 2013
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Dairy Systems For Environmnetal Protection

Added 04 Mar 2013
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Keeping It Low

Added 04 Mar 2013
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Pasture Condition

Added 04 Mar 2013
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Automatic Milking And Mastitis

Added 04 Mar 2013
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Hybrid Farming Takes Many Shapes

Added 04 Mar 2013
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Cowhouse The Next Level

Added 04 Mar 2013
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Keep Maize Stack Packed

Added 04 Mar 2013
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Very Funny

Added 04 Mar 2013
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Cows Want To Beat Heat

Added 13 Feb 2013
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Robot Barn 24/7 365 Days A Year

Added 13 Feb 2013
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How To Make Irrigation Work

Added 24 Jan 2013
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No Silver Bullet On Feeding Cows

Added 24 Jan 2013
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