Category Archives: Agriculture

How to Prevent a Thousand Bales of Hay from Spontaneously Combusting

You might have recently read about the big hay shed fires in Victoria. Two separate fires in different towns on the same day, and in both cases the sheds were completely destroyed. Over 1,000 bales of hay disappeared in a … Continue reading

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Australian Agriculture Rural Report on Mice plague populations 2012

This is our mid year report from around the Australian countryside on recent mouse plagues, populations and the mice situation currently relating mainly to our East and southern rural agriculture regions. Below are links to articles pertaining to New South … Continue reading

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Ventilation Methods in Free Stall Barns and Shelter Sheds

Free stall barns are designed to protect cows from hot summer sun, cold winter winds, snow and rain. Temperatures do not have to be kept above freezing. As long as cows are adequately sheltered from wind and rain, they cope … Continue reading

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Effective Construction Ideas & Methods for Free Stall Barns

To ensure naturally ventilated free stall barns remain serviceable for years, the following construction ideas and methods may be used. Roof Pitch The ideal solution is a 20° to 25° roof pitch. Lower pitches may slow down air movement along … Continue reading

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Free Stall Barns – Ventilation overview

Carefully designed and properly constructed, well managed free stall barns with natural ventilation provide the ideal environment for a herd of dairy cattle. The primary reason to construct a free stall barn is to effectively protect the dairy herd, free … Continue reading

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Free Stall Sheds and Shade Shelters in the Dairy Industry Part 1

Dairy farm productivity can be seriously positively impacted by the provision of shade through the erection of permanent steel shade sheds above free stalls or feed pads. These constructions provide excellent protection against solar radiation, but have to be well … Continue reading

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