THE IDEAL SOLUTION FOR FREE STALL DAIRY BARNS

Make the smart choice for your farm. Choose a SmartShelters free stall shelter.

Whether for short-term needs or for longer-term applications, and whether to allow for efficient management of your livestock or to protect them from the elements, a SmartShelters free stall shelter will keep your herd happier, healthier and more productive. Boasting a team backed by 100 years of experience, and working with the finest materials available, at SmartShelters we’re able to rapidly design and construct free stall shelters of the highest quality, enabling you to work smarter, sooner.

A BRAND YOU CAN TRUST

Free stall product features include:

  • The use of super strength membrane structure fabric for the best ventilation, light and UV protection
  • The strongest construction in class
  • High wind and high snow certifications
  • A wide range of spans and heights, from 6m wide to 40m and beyond!
  • Robust build quality, made right here in NZ
  • Comprehensive engineer certification, built to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011
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FREE STALL BARN BENEFITS

What is a free stall barn?

Free stall shelters are permanent structures designed to house livestock and provide them with feed and water. Typically designed to house cattle for extended periods, free stall shelters will usually feature both feed alleys and bedding areas.

Free stall barns bring a wealth of benefits, including:

  • More effective feed rationing, reducing wastage and lowering cost
  • A SmartShelters free stall shelter is 3-4C cooler in summer and 3-4C warmer in winter, improving herd health, comfort and productivity
  • More efficient herd management and monitoring
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GALLERY

TOUGH MATERIALS FOR LONG 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.

TESTIMONALS

Smartshelters played a critical role in the recent project to gather information about the Alpine Fault – New Zealand’s biggest earthquake threat.

Alpine Drilling Completed Project by SmartShelters NZ, Alpine Drilling Project

THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION EMPLOYED SMARTSHELTERS TO CREATE A HELICOPTER HANGAR AND ACCOMMODATION SHELTERS FOR USE IN THE MOUSE ERADICATION PROJECT IN THE WILD ANTIPODES ISLANDS. CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO ON LOCATION.

Antipodes Completed Project by SmartShelters NZ, Department of Conservation
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ASK US A QUESTION ABOUT OUR FREE STALL BARNS

    How much does a free stall barn cost?

    It’s important to view your free stall barn not as a cost, but as an investment – the right construction will enable you to work smarter and be more productive, while also protecting your livestock. As such, the lowest initial price doesn’t often work out to be the lowest price in the long term. Quality matters.

    That fact aside, free stall barns can be any and every price. There are a number of factors that will influence the price of your construction, including:

    • Width, length, height and overall square metreage
    • Width in relation to length (on a square metre basis, a short and wide structure is less efficient to build than a long and wide structure)
    • The application and layout of the design
    • Location factors that will affect the design (e.g. altitude, snow loading and wind ratings)
    • Ground conditions that will influence the design of the foundation
    • The site location (the more easily accessible the site, the lower the cost of construction)
    • The configuration of options (e.g. end walls, doors, side eaves, guttering, etc.)

    How much room do cows need in a free stall barn?

    At SmartShelters we recommend that a free stall barn used for feeding and bedding should offer each cow:

    • At least 10-12m² of floorspace
    • At least 750mm of feed face

    How do you manage effluent in a free stall barn?

    There are two main strategies for managing effluent in a free stall barn: through drainage systems and/or through bedding.

    Having a large herd of cattle in the same confined space, each of which produces around 50L of waste a day, makes effluent runoff an unavoidable reality. Your free stall shelter will therefore need to be built with drainage in mind, both in terms of site choice and of in-shelter drainage systems.

    Smart drainage can efficiently manage effluent runoff, sending it directly to the farm effluent system. SmartShelters feed stall shelters are designed to be easily cleaned, keeping cows healthier and farm hands happier.

    How much milk do cows produce in a free stall barn?

    It stands to reason that a sheltered herd will be healthier, and a healthier herd will be more productive. That fact aside, the major increase in production is in cases where winter milking is made viable. If you can milk your herd at a time when you previously hadn’t, the benefits of a free stall barn become clear.

    But even if you already milk in winter, or you have no plans to do so, the cost savings that a SmartShelter construction can offer are compelling. Dramatically reduced feed expenditure, a healthier herd and efficient management can see the cost of the barn quickly paid back through savings alone.

    Contact a member of our experienced team today to discuss a truly smart shelter solution for your property.