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Building blocks - budgeting and design are crucial in farm building

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A comfortable parlour for the cows is a comfortable parlour for the operator.

A comfortable parlour for the cows is a comfortable parlour for the operator.

A comfortable parlour for the cows is a comfortable parlour for the operator.

How much does it really cost to create an additional cow place on either a greenfield site or on an expanding farm? Are roofless sheds really worth it? Can robots really make sense?

These are all questions that are to the fore of farmers in dairying, and those considering the switch. Unfortunately, too many sheds and facilities are erected on farms without a lot of thought, despite the huge capital investment and effect it will have on the ability of the farm to expand further in the future.

But before you start to design a layout that will allow you to expand further in the future, a clear idea of the budget required to finance the project needs to be established.


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