Next to the parlour and creamery we have this byre full of old tied stalls. We are planning on dividing the room in order to make a new entrance, as for hygiene reasons we have to limit the use of the double uPVC doors into the creamery. They are handy for getting big bits of kit in and out, and for letting in loads of natural light (which is lucky because we couldn’t stretch to putting in windows!). Anyway, new entrance and shelves for dairy supplies will be going in this space.
We are all plugged in and pretty much raring to go. Everything needs a good old tidy up, but that won’t take long. Just a few pics of the place, ‘scuse the mess.
Hooray the calving has begun! And so too has the training in the parlour… We had five heifers to calve and train this year, and because of when we put them to the bull last year, the heifers were due to calve before the other cows. This meant that we could focus all of our attention on them and their training. We started a few weeks before they were due, just walking them through and showering them with nuts.
We now have a fantastic concrete floor in our dairy - specifically where the bulk tank room, hygiene control area and creamery will be. It was not that straightforward to pour the floor - the telehandler had to transfer the concrete from the lorry into our building because it is a tricky little space. That said, it was a good thing we had the professionals in - thank you Daniel Harcus Construction. We still have to apply a durable hygienic floor over this one, so it needed to be of a high quality.
Obviously we are pretty thrilled by the new floor - a good foundation indeed.