How many square metres per cow for a stand off pad?
Cows spend around 10-12 hours of the day lying down, so your stand off pad will need enough room to not only facilitate this rest, but to ensure that the stand off pad bedding stays healthy – an overcrowded pad will result in a hard, slippery or wet surface that isn’t suitable for lying on.
While environmental conditions will be an important factor to consider, the space required to ensure the health and happiness of your herd (and the stand off pad badding) is usually in the range of 12m²-20m² per head.
See DairyNZ recommendations listed here.
Why should I cover my stand off pad?
There are a number of reasons why covering your stand off pad is a smart idea.
Improved efficiency and productivity: With a SmartShelters stand off shelter protecting your herd from the snow, rain, wind and sun, your cows will expend less energy battling the elements, and therefore require less feed. And with your pastures left to their own devices, you’ll maximise grass growth while the herd is sheltered.
Reduced effluent run-off: By covering your stand off pad, you’ll avoid the excess effluent run-off that is generated when rain mixes with waste. The clever design of a SmartShelters deep litter stand off pad also sees effluent absorbed by litter before being dried out by natural airflow, dramatically extending its lifespan as a fertiliser. You can say goodbye to run-off issues, while enjoying a steady supply of friable litter.
Improve the health of your herd: Using a SmartShelter to protect your herd from the elements will improve the overall health of the animals. Our high quality covers let in up to 90% of natural light, while stopping heat, rain, snow and high wind from entering the structure. Your animals will enjoy conditions that are 3-4C warmer in winter and 3-4C cooler in summer, increasing herd health and reducing your vet bills.
How much longer does stand off pad bedding last undercover?
By protecting it from the elements, covering your stand off pad will ensure that its bedding, whether soil, grass, wood chips, dried manure or anything else, will last far longer than it would in an uncovered arrangement. While other environmental factors make giving an exact number impossible, you’ll be surprised at exactly how long the life of your bedding is extended!
Boasting a team backed by 100 years of experience, and working with the finest materials available, SmartShelters are able to rapidly design and construct covered stand off pads of the highest quality, enabling you to work smarter, sooner.
Tough materials for longer lifespan
You have peace of mind with the SmartShelters’ 12-year limited warranty against product faults. We use only the highest quality components to ensure that your shelter stands up to the conditions. SmartShelters structures are engineered to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 and are rated to withstand wind and snow conditions. By using structural-grade Supergal galvanised steel framing and tough Ripstop roof covers we have built up a reputation for extremely high quality and long-lasting structures.
Contact a member of our experienced team today to discuss a truly smart shelter solution for your property.