Every animal gets a slice of the action in pizza-shaped roundhouse
The unusual 30 metre diameter circular cattle shed is designed with ease of flow and handling in mind, explains Jimmy Cosgrave.
He was visiting the UK when he first encountered a model of the Roundhouse shed from S&A fabrications in Skipton, Yorkshire before visiting another in Ayr in Scotland.
“We got chatting to the guys behind it — they were involved in erecting ordinary conventional buildings and designed this in the pub after work over about a year,” he says, adding they also liaised with the US animal behaviourist Temple Grandin.
“They designed this handling system slightly different to what she is doing.” Jimmy explains that the shed is similar to a pizza, with each slice a pen for cattle, all based around handling facilities at the centre.
“The concept of having it round was there was 333ft of feeding space all around it.
“There is great feeding space as a lot of sheds are too wide and don’t have enough of feeding space. With this shed you don’t have that problem.”
In 2007 they decided they were going to erect the shed but the sterling exchange rate was poor. They held off until early ’08 when it had gained 13pc.
“The difference paid for all the concrete and the floor of the shed. It made a big difference to wait and we got it grant aided,” he says.