Isn’t it exciting when you can change something in your house that has been driving you nuts or is so inefficient that you can’t operate anymore? It’s fun to upgrade and get new things or have that kitchen you’ve always wanted. We feel the same about the farm. We have been upgrading, remodeling and making things new.
Our cows are our queen bees around the farm and we have been making changes to accommodate them. It’s such a small thing to make life wonderful for them. We enlarged our manure pit, remodeled a calving barn and built a new heifer barn.
The new manure pit will hold 900,000 gallons and provide six months of storage. This is an increase from only holding one month of storage before. Long-term storage for manure is becoming an environmentally favored responsibility, and so we made the necessary changes.
The remodeled calving barn will provide a 4,300 square foot maternity area with greatly increased area per cow, excellent lighting and ventilation. This will give us the opportunity to better assist and help the new moms-to-be.
The new heifer barn will provide sand-bedded freestalls for 150 heifers age 6 months and older. This barn will eliminate our current problems of open-to-the-weather, outside cement lots and uncovered feeding areas. This was our only barn on the farm that didn’t have protection against the elements of Michigan weather and now there are curtains we can put down and doors to close.
The newly remodeled calving facility and the new heifer barn will share the newly expanded manure pit with our current 240-cow freestall barn.
These necessary changes enable us to better care for our animals and meet their needs.